Covid lockdown over Omicron spread could begin as officials ‘draw up plans

As Omicron continues to surge through Britain a lockdown could be imposed as officials "draw up plans."

Experts are keen to place the country into a two-week lockdown after Christmas due to infection cases reaching record levels, reports claim.

According to the MailOnline, a lockdown could take place on December 27 or 30 before New Year's Day, leaving Boxing Day sale shopping or New Year's Eve plans in question.

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warned in the minutes meeting: "The timing of such measures is crucial.

"Delaying until 2022 would greatly reduce the effectiveness of such interventions and make it less likely that these would prevent considerable pressure on health and care settings."

The Welsh government plans to close down nightclubs from December 27 as well as imposing a two-meter social distancing rule in offices.

The UK recorded over 90 thousand new cases on Friday.

A government spokesperson said: "The Government will continue to look closely at all the emerging data and we’ll keep our measures under review as we learn more about this variant."

Currently, it remains unclear whether England will follow in the Welsh governments footsteps.

Lord Victor Adebowale, chairman of the NHS Confederation, has described the leak plan as "very worrying."

He said: "The fact of the matter is we should be taking the precautionary principle. We should be protecting our NHS and our public services.

"We have no economy without health. I actually have a great deal of faith in the British public. They have behaved impeccably, by and large."

Recently in a Downing Street briefing, Boris Johnson said he believes this Christmas will be better than last years but still urged people to be cautious.

Boris said people should “think carefully before you go, what kind of event is it? Are you likely to meet people who are vulnerable?… Get a test, make sure there is ventilation, wear a mask on transport.”

He also added how the booster programme extension will “provide an excellent level of protection."

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