“Alarm” has been sounded in Britain as 12 people have lost their lives due to the Omicron variant, said today the Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, who did not rule out taking stricter measures before Christmas.
And British scientists are worried about a new variant of the coronavirus, with Professor Stephen Reicher characteristically stating that “the Omicron is like a high-speed train coming at us at high speed”.
He even claims that it is not yet certain that Omicron is milder than Delta, clarifying that when this becomes known it may be too late.
The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has canceled all his appointments to consider new measures – even a universal lockdown, experts suggest.
On Sunday, Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government was closely monitoring the figures. Any decision to restrict Christmas rallies will come at a high political cost to Boris Johnson, whose management of the pandemic has been undermined by reports that he and his executives violated lockdown rules last year.
The Daily Telegraph reports that there are three scenarios that have been presented to the Prime Minister. The first is to follow the example of the Scottish Government and address a strong recommendation to citizens to restrict indoor gatherings.
The other option, which is believed to be the basic proposal of his scientific advisors, is to re-enact a regulation restricting indoor gatherings for people who do not live together, to set the opening hours of restaurants until 8 pm and to return the obligation keeping a distance of two meters.
The third scenario predicts a universal lockdown.