Boris Johnson is reportedly considering placing limits on household mixing over Christmas to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.
The Prime Minister has been offered three options by health officials to minimize Covid-19 infections across the UK, according to The Telegraph.
What options are being considered?
Under the plans, Option 1 would see families in England asked to limit the number of people they meet indoors during the holiday season, without law enforcement.
The second option would impose restrictions on household mixing, as well as the return of social distancing and an 8 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants.
Option three would be the strictest of all and see a full country-wide lockdown imposed.
However, ministers have reportedly resisted calls from science advisers to introduce new Covid-19 measures before Christmas.
The latest data released on Sunday (December 19) shows that confirmed cases of the Omicron variant have increased by more than 12,000 in the UK, with cases in London surpassing 10,000.
But it is understood that about a third of Cabinet is reluctant to support further restrictions in the coming days, including Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, according to the Times.
The newspaper reported that 10 ministers were resisting a call by the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance over the weekend for new restrictions to be introduced as soon as possible to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.
The Telegraph quoted an anonymous Cabinet minister as saying that the data presented by Sir Patrick and England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty on Saturday had been “just trashed by the Cabinet”, but the source warned that “guidelines, rather only restrictions, are quite possible “.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said further Covid-19 measures before Christmas had not been ruled out and warned there were “no guarantees” following “analysis which gives to think “of scientific advisers.
Despite the current acceleration of the booster vaccination program, experts said it would not help in terms of hospital admissions in the near future, as many would be infected before immunity ran out. had time to develop.
A record 830,403 recalls were administered in England on Saturday (December 18), but a rate of around one million a day is needed if every adult is to be offered a complementary jab by the end of the year.
The Omicron variant now accounts for around 80% of infections in London, according to Mr Javid, and around 60% in England.
Asked about excluding further coronavirus measures before Christmas, the Health Secretary said there was still “a lot of uncertainty”, but now was “the time to be more careful”.
He told the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One: âThere are no guarantees in this pandemic, I don’t think so.
âAt this point we just need to keep everything under control. “