Everyone across England nervously awaits Boris Johnson’s Covid announcements, especially those with plans for New Years Eve.
The Prime Minister was briefed this morning by government scientists on the most up-to-date Covid data after a two-day Christmas break on data releases.
Although Scotland, Wales and Ireland have announced tighter restrictions, including table service and nightclub closures, Mr Johsnon is not expected to announce further restrictions in England.
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At the internal government meeting, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Science Officer, the impact of the Omnicrom variant at Christmas on Covid infections and hospital pressures has been described.
No announcements are expected to come out of the meeting, reports PA News.
Tory MPs urged Mr Johnson not to push the restrictions any further than they already are in England, with Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown calling for a ‘wait and see’ approach.
Sir Geoffrey said he hoped the Prime Minister would be “very careful about introducing new measures” as he pushed for people to “make their own decisions” when it comes to taking decisions. precautions against infection.
England is currently on Plan B, with working from home encouraged where possible, wearing masks in shops and other public places, and Covid passes to access major events.
Sir Geoffrey said: ‘I think they have been too careful, I think they are causing more damage to their savings than they need to be, I think they are causing more damage to people’s freedoms. than they need.
“I just don’t think the evidence, unless the data released today is significantly different, is there for other measures.”
Adam Finn, professor of pediatrics, said the number of staff absences due to Covid infections was likely to play a role in the government’s thinking on whether to go further than Plan B.
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“It is clear that there are still a large number of new cases detected,” he told PA.
“I guess the occupancy of hospital beds and staff absences due to isolation rules will be the critical factors on the public health side of any decision.”
Mr Johnson has yet to announce new rules for England but has indicated he would not hesitate to act after Christmas if necessary amid growing cases of the Omicron variant.
The government, according to reports, could choose to issue new voluntary guidelines on limiting contact rather than risk another damaging Tory rebellion by reminding parliament to impose new rules beyond existing Plan B measures.
The Times reported that, although more measures are imposed, plans are being made to ensure that weddings and funerals – considered “important life events” – are exempt from any new rules and disruption.
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