The Covid limitations may not affect Christmas, but New Year’s Eve may be cancelled

The Covid limitations may not affect Christmas, but New Year’s Eve may be cancelled

After Christmas, the Government would ‘closely examine the statistics,' a minister said this morning.

‘We are examining hard at the statistics, there is much we don't know about the severity of Omicron, how it leads to hospital admissions,' said Cabinet Office minister Steve Barclay.

‘We are looking at the London data, as London has a higher prevalence of Omicron.'
‘I think it is right that the Cabinet has a full and strong discussion.'

‘People would expect that. We must strike a balance between safeguarding lives and livelihoods.'

Last night, the prime minister stopped short of proposing new restrictions before Christmas.

‘We will have to reserve the potential of taking additional action to protect the public, public health and the NHS,' Boris Johnson said after an emergency Cabinet meeting.
But he said that the data is constantly reviewed ‘hour by hour' and that the Government ‘won't hesitate to act'.

With the current winter wave, the PM urged people to be cautious and get vaccinated.

He claimed the cabinet had debated the issue for a few hours and that ‘the arguments are very, very balanced'.

Mr Johnson said he would ‘reserve the possibility' of imposing further Covid-19 regulations before Christmas.

‘We are not planning to introduce any limits this side of Christmas,' a senior Government insider told the Financial Times.
Opposition lawmakers have accused the Conservative Party of lacking a ‘clear plan' to deal with the pandemic.

Yesterday's 91,743 new Covid-19 infections prompted the decision to rule out quick new limitations.

The UK Health Security Agency reported 8,044 new confirmed Omicron cases, bringing the total to 45,145. Within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, 44 more perished.

Because Omicron is suspected to be more easily transmissible than other strains, London Mayor Sadiq Khan cancelled the capital's New Year's Eve celebration in Trafalgar Square.
The event was meant to replace the capital's famed fireworks display, which was cancelled in October due to the pandemic.

This week's confirmed illnesses totaled 140,942, more than three times the 42,455 recorded in the first week of December.

So Mr Khan argued it was ‘in the public's interest' to stop 6,500 people from partying.

Due to the spread of the Omicron strain, Buckingham Palace revealed yesterday that the Queen will spend Christmas in Windsor rather than Sandringham.