UK health minister: ‘I can’t guarantee there won’t be a lockdown before Christmas’


Prospects are growing that the UK will enter a lockdown in response to the spread of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19.

When asked if the pre-Christmas lockdown could be ruled out, Health Minister Sajid Javid told the BBC: “In a pandemic, we cannot guarantee that. said.

In an interview with SkyNews, Minister Javid left the possibility open, saying “the government will do what is necessary” regarding the rumors of a two-week lockdown after Christmas.

He said government officials are discussing COVID-19 data with scientific advisors almost hourly, and decisions are made based on the data.

He added that Congress will convene if further regulation is deemed necessary.

The Sun reported that measures such as a ban on indoor gatherings, a ban on indoor seating in restaurants and pubs, and a limit on the number of people in stores will come back after Christmas.

Prior to this, senior government scientists have stressed that additional regulations should be put in place in the next few days to prevent bed saturation caused by omicron mutations.

Professor Mark Walfort, a member of the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (Sage) advising governments on how to respond to the coronavirus, said, “We need to buy time for people to get the vaccine and for the vaccine to work.”

The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling (SPI-M), which is affiliated with Sage, and presents the results of scientific modeling related to COVID-19 to the government, has reported that the number of hospitalized patients will increase from the current 900 per day to 1,000 to 2,000 by the end of the year, and 3,000 to 1 in January next year. It is expected that the number will reach 10,000 and peak.

The number of confirmed cases was estimated at 600,000 to 2 million.

They estimated the number of infected people to be at the level of hundreds of thousands per day, much higher than the officially announced figure of 90,000.

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