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Omicron Covid variant ‘might hit 1 million cases by end of December’ Sajid Javid warns

The Prime Minister’s announcement comes as he faces rising criticism of a Christmas Party, which was reportedly held in Downing Street this time final year

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Sajid Javid supplies replace on measures towards Omicron variant

The Health Secretary has warned that the quantity of Omicron cases might hit one million by the end of December.

Sajid Javid issued the stark warning as he up to date MPs on Plan B on the identical time Boris introduced the stricter new guidelines in a bid to gradual the unfold of the Omicron variant.

The new, more durable guidelines embrace working from dwelling and covid passports for entries to massive venues.

Mr Javid informed the Commons: “We’re confident that Omicron is significantly more transmissible than Delta.”

“There is still a lot to learn, but some important data has emerged recently.”

He added: “It is far more transmissible than the Delta variant.”







The Prime Minister’s announcement comes as he faces rising criticism of a Christmas Party
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He stated Delta cases had doubled in round seven days however for Omicron “based on the latest data from here and around the world, our latest analysis is that it’s been around, it’s between 2.5 and three days.

“This has made the virus an much more formidable foe.”

He continued: “Although there are solely 568 confirmed Omicron cases within the UK we all know that the precise quantity of infections will likely be considerably increased.

“The UK health security agency estimates that the number of infections are approximately 20 times higher than the number of confirmed cases, and so the current number of infections is probably closer to 10,000.







Currently each day infections throughout the UK have been above 40,000 for the final two weeks (stock picture)
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“UKHSA also estimate that at the current observed doubling rate of between two and a half and three days, by the end of this month, infections could exceed 1 million.”

Currently each day infections throughout the UK have been above 40,000 for the final two weeks and Omicron cases have immediately topped 560.

The Prime Minister’s announcement comes as he faces rising criticism of a Christmas Party, which was reportedly held in Downing Street this time final year.

Mr Johnson stated: “From Monday you should work from home if you can. Go to work if you must but work from home if you can.”

“From this Friday we are going to additional lengthen the authorized requirement to put on a face masks to most public indoor venues together with theatres and cinemas.

“As we set out in Plan B, we will give businesses a week’s notice so this will come into force in a week’s time, helping to keep these events and venues open at full capacity.”

The backlash deepened today after a video emerged last night of his staff laughing while discussing the party and how it wasn’t social distanced, despite rules in place across England at the time.

Sage member Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, whose data was instrumental to the UK going into lockdown in March 2020, said the variant is concerning but it is still unknown what its impact will be on severe disease.

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