Celebrations and festivities have been followed with swathes of positive tests up and down the country, prompting fresh fears that Prime Minister Boris Johnson could impose another full lockdown – or similarly restrictions to other UK nations – when the exact figures are revealed tomorrow
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Brits have shared their anguish at being forced to isolate after testing positive following gatherings on Christmas Day, as a surge in cases stoked fears of another full UK lockdown before New Year.
The Government confirmed it would not be releasing Covid infection data over the festive weekend, until experts had the opportunity to examine the figures tomorrow on Monday, December 27.
But Boris Johnson is set to be briefed by experts shortly – but ahead of this people across the country took to social media to confirm they had been forced to cancel plans after testing positive on Christmas Day or had tested positive on Boxing Day after yesterday’s festivities.
The posts have caused widespread concern that positive cases could far exceed 100,000 when data reporting resumes and force the Prime Minister to plunge the UK into another lockdown before New Year’s Eve.
Taking to Twitter, many shared their disappointment at having to isolate after receiving a positive test.
Sandra Foreman wrote: “Feeling sorry for myself because tested positive on Christmas Day so all plans ruined, hopefully, New Year will be better.”
Betsy Windmill added: “Merry Christmas, my sister-in-law tested positive literally ON Christmas Day so now I can’t see my fiancé until January 4.”
Another woman called Meg added: “Tomorrow was meant to be my family’s Christmas Day. I haven’t seen my siblings yet. Today my brother-in-law tested positive. I don’t get to see my sister, my best friend, this year.”
Others highlighted how the surge in cases was going to affect businesses too.
One woman wrote: “Everyone at my job has covid, I tested positive today. At this rate, we are going to have to close the restaurant because there won’t be any workers left.”
After examining the data, MailOnline analysis suggests some 900,000 people were forced to spend Christmas in isolation.
If the figures prove to have grown exponentially when Boris Johnson returns to work to meet Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance tomorrow – they may be forced to consider another lockdown to relieve the subsequent pressure on the NHS.
Among the proposals on the table for the Prime Minister will be a two-week circuit breaker lockdown to curb the rise by banning people from meeting friends and family indoors.
Studies have suggested that the new Omicron variant is milder than other strains of the virus, but is far more transmissible, with experts urging Brits to get their booster jab to ensure they are fully protected.
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As the news of individuals receiving positive tests continued to spread on social media today, many commented that they were relieved to have already received their third vaccination.
One man named Richard wrote on Twitter: “I’ve tested positive today with three shots in me and I dread to think what I would feel like if I hadn’t had them”
Meanwhile Sun showbiz reporter, Jack Hardwick revealed that his 91-year-old grandmother was faring well, despite a positive result thanks to her being vaccinated.
He wrote: “A week ago my 91-year-old Grandma tested positive for Covid and I assumed at that age it wouldn’t end well… Today, the care home is still in lockdown but she’s here and negative – it’s Christmas miracle/vaccines work.”
Many others thought they had got away unscathed until positive tests began flooding in following meetups on Christmas Day.
One man wrote: “The Mrs and I got all dressed up, drove off ready to go to a little Boxing Day gathering snd 5 minutes into the journey we get a call that a member of my household has tested positive, can’t write it.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.