Boris Johnson ‘considering limits on Christmas mixing or ordering another lockdown’


Boris Johnson has reportedly been handed three options for tackling the spread of Omicron, including a plan to limit household mixing at Christmas and introduce an 8pm curfew on pubs and restaurants

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Boris Johnson warns ‘big’ Omicron wave is now hitting

Boris Johnson is said to be considering restrictions on household mixing at Christmas and an 8pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.

The Prime Minister has been handed three Covid plans to help tackle the rapid spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant across the UK.

It comes after the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) warned that Covid deaths could rise to 6,000 a day if the Government failed to implement extra restrictions.

Britain recorded its biggest single-day increase in coronavirus cases on December 17, with 93,045 infections logged.

Mr Johnson is now reportedly weighing up three plans; advising against household mixing, limiting mixing, social distancing and issuing a hospitality curfew, or declaring a full lockdown.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid refused to rule out further restrictions in an interview with the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

Christmas curbs on household mixing could be introduced by the Government, it is claimed
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The Mirror has already reported on how the Government is said to be considering a two-week circuit breaker, with SAGE going even further by calling for a month-long shutdown.

However, Mr Johnson could face a rebellion among Tory MPs if he pushes ahead with new restrictions.

Brexit minister Lord Frost resigned after Mr Johnson implemented limited Covid measures under Plan B.

Almost 100 Tory MPs voted against an element of Plan B which introduced mandatory Covid passes for certain venues, although Labour’s support ensured it passed through the Commons.

Boris Johnson is said to be weighing up three options to tackle the spread of Omicron
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It was the biggest rebellion of the Prime Minister’s premiership so far.

Now a Cabinet minister has told The Daily Telegraph that the PM will face a further backlash if he bans household mixing and closes non-essential shops.

The Cabinet minister told the newspaper: “The Cabinet aren’t stomaching any more restrictions right now.

“Apart from the fanatics, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid, the rest of them are pretty sensible, including the PM.”

Daily Covid cases have reached an all-time high as the new variant sweeps through the UK
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Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Office Sir Patrick Vallance attempted to ‘soften up’ the Cabinet for imminent restrictions during a recent briefing, according to a minister.

But ministers ‘trashed’ the data presented by the scientists, the source told The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Johnson reportedly supports the ‘light touch’ option of offering guidance but not forcing Brits to follow rules.

Daily coronavirus cases hit an all-time high on December 17 and were almost triple the 35,383 infections logged on the same date in 2020.

This week some 547,606 coronavirus cases were recorded, compared with 190,744 over the same week last year.

Despite this, the number of weekly fatalities is actually down by 6.5%, although scientists have warned that deaths are expected to soar in the coming weeks.

UK researchers said there is ‘no evidence’ Omicron is any milder than the Delta variant.

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