Boris Johnson refuses to listen to scientists’ pleas for Covid restrictions before the holidays.
Boris Johnson has dismissed scientists’ calls 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 prevent hospital admissions in England from exceeding 3,000 per day.
They were among the scientists who urged Prime Minister David Cameron to put an end to indoor mixing of separate households ‘as soon as possible,’ and discussed the possibility of a two-week circuit breaker-style ban.
As Omicron tightens its grip on the country, with 90,418 new infections recorded yesterday, SAGE advisers predict that cases will double every two days, resulting in nearly one million infections per day by December 25.
On Saturday, ministers reacted 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 another Christmas of chaos.
‘We can’t have a situation where we lock down every winter and kill the economy,’ one anonymous source told the Times.
Stop interpreting what’s going on in South Africa in terms 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.
According to the Sun, while Mr Johnson and his cabinet dismissed any talk of curbs being implemented before Christmas, one source warned 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.
The bad news about another potentially chaotic Christmas arrived in the form of:
Anti-lockdown protesters in London assaulted Met Police officers.
Outside Downing Street, protestors defy Covid-19’s rules.
In retaliation for the death of an infant, monkeys in an Indian town hunt dogs.
Tensions are rising in Downing Street as anti-lockdown demonstrators clash with police.
Sutton Fire: A woman has been charged with child neglect, according to police.
Anti-government demonstrators wreak havoc on the streets of Downing Street.
A large anti-vaccine passport demonstration was held in London.
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