Boris Johnson dismisses scientists’ calls for Covid restrictions before the holiday season.
Boris Johnson has turned down scientists’ requests for a last-ditch Christmas lockdown to stop the spread of the Omicron mutant variant, with ministers reportedly considering new restrictions after Boxing Day.
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, England’s chief scientific advisor, warned cabinet members on Saturday that tougher measures were needed to keep hospital admissions from exceeding 3,000 per day in England.
They were among the scientists who urged Prime Minister David Cameron to put an end to the indoor mixing of separate households ‘as soon as possible,’ and discussed the possibility of a two-week circuit-breaker-style ban.
With Omicron tightening its grip on the country, SAGE advisers predict that cases will double every two days by December 25, resulting in nearly one million infections per day.
On Saturday, ministers responded to scientists’ doomsday predictions with renewed skepticism, arguing that the data is still too unreliable at this point to send millions of people back into lockdown and usher in a second Christmas of chaos.
‘We can’t have a situation where we lock down every winter and kill the economy,’ one anonymous source told the New York Times.
Stop interpreting what’s going on in South Africa through the lens of what’s going on in this country.
It’s the equivalent of comparing apples and pears.’
Following an open rebellion in the Commons after the Tory Party’s capitulation in the North Shropshire by-election last week, the implementation of any measures would bring fresh headlines and ammunition to the Prime Minister’s critics.
While Mr Johnson and his cabinet dismissed any talk of curbs being implemented before Christmas, a source told the Sun that new proposals were being developed and that the ‘handbrake would be pulled’ after December 25.
Limits on household mixing, restrictions on the number of people in shops, and table-only service in hospitality venues have all been proposed as potential solutions, according to MailOnline.
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