Boris Johnson: Omicron data and action will be considered “hour by hour”

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response from London: Natasa Kantzavelou

THE Boris Johnson delays the decision to impose further restrictions after an emergency cabinet meeting, but says it can not “rule out anything” about new pre-Christmas rules and Ομικρον will be examined “hour by hour”.

“The situation is extremely difficult” and “the arguments are very, very well balanced,” the prime minister said.

However, the postponement of a firm decision on the restrictive measures sparked further reactions from the Tories as lawmakers asked the prime minister to make it clear whether people could proceed safely with their holiday plans.

Former Conservative leader Mark Harper said it was “unacceptable not to tell the people what is happening”, adding that “we can do much better than that”.

Mr Johnson has been under pressure from SAGE experts to impose additional restrictions after issuing dire warnings of what would happen if the prime minister did not act urgently. However, other experts today condemned them as “fictitious”.

The failure to make a firm decision on the restrictions provoked reactions from Tories as lawmakers asked the prime minister to tell the nation if people could safely proceed with their holiday plans.

Former Conservative leader Mark Harper said it was “unacceptable not to tell the public what is happening”, adding that “we can do much better than that”.

Mr Johnson has been under pressure from SAGE experts to impose additional restrictions after issuing dire warnings of what would happen if the prime minister did not act urgently.

However, other experts today condemned them as “fictitious”. The Times reported that Mr Johnson and the cabinet were not yet convinced that the latest figures from Omicron justified the announcement of new restrictions and that the government could choose to impose a two-week lockout in England, possibly by December 28.

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