Latest Covid Omicron: Boris Johnson faces crucial decision tomorrow on triggering new rules after Christmas vacation


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The prime minister is expected to face crucial talks on Monday over whether to introduce a new set of coronavirus restrictions to stem the tide of infections at Omicron around the New Year.

Boris Johnson will be briefed by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance on the latest data on infections, hospitalizations and deaths for the first time in three days after a Christmas break.

It follows reports that door-to-door Covid-19 vaccines may be offered in an attempt to reach those who have not yet received their vaccine.

Talk to The independent, NHS England has since denied that there are any plans for the implementation of such a deployment.

the Mail on Sunday reported that a trial which had been carried out in Ipswich, Suffolk, could be expanded nationwide as the government tried to resist the introduction of new restrictions in England.

According to sources n ° 10, the objective was to extend the device to the rest of the country.

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Boris Johnson expected to receive Covid data

Boris Johnson is expected to receive the latest data from Covid later today as he considers whether to impose further restrictions on England to stem the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

New measures have already entered into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but ministers have so far backed away by dictating new rules to those in England, hoping instead that warnings would encourage them. people to control their own behavior and reduce social contact.

The Prime Minister is expected to be briefed by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance.

If the numbers are positive, Mr Johnson could be persuaded to stick to the lighter measures introduced under Plan B, possibly with some additional advice.

However, if cases start to put unsustainable pressure on the NHS, the Prime Minister may feel the need to intervene with tighter restrictions.

The Times reported that regardless of the scenario, weddings and funerals would be exempt from any new rules.

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Blockages and terror

The terrorist threat to the country may have been compounded by the coronavirus shutdowns, a security minister has suggested.

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Ashes to take back

England is set to resume its third ash test in Australia despite a member of the “family group” testing positive for Covid-19.

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Could there be a lockdown after Christmas?

Boris Johnson is expected to meet with top science advisers to discuss Covid data tomorrow, having previously said he cannot refuse to rule out new restrictions after Christmas.

But could there be a lockdown on the horizon?

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People get jabs on Boxing Day

The vaccine rollout continued on Boxing Day, after some sites opened on Christmas Day in England.

Here are some pictures of people receiving their injections in a center in northwest London today:

A member of the public receives a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine inside a vaccination center set up at Grim’s Dyke Golf Club in north-west London

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What restrictions have come into effect in the UK today?

ICYMI: New restrictions to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus came into effect today in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Andrew Woodcock, our political editor, take a look at what they are:

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Former vaccine working group comments on jab rollout in Oxford / AstraZeneca

In other vaccine news, the former task force leader suggested that using the Oxford / AstraZeneca jab in vulnerable people could lead to a lower death toll in the UK compared to Europe.

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Unvaccinated people up to 60 times more likely to end up in intensive care with Covid, report finds

Unvaccinated people are up to 60 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care with Covid, new research shows, amid a record number of strokes in the UK.

The study found that the biggest difference in admission rates for stung and non-stung patients was in the 60-69 age group.

The National Center for Audit and Research in Intensive Care (INCARC) examined how many people per 100,000 in the population ended up in intensive care with a confirmed Covid over a six-month period this year, breaking down the data according to the vaccination status of patients.

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Omicron sent Boxing Day shoppers online, retail experts say

Retail pundits say the Omicron variant has sent shoppers online as the number of bargain hunters looking for Boxing Day sales on Main Street has dropped to nearly half the levels of ‘before the pandemic.

Footfall to shopping sites across the UK on Boxing Day until noon was 45% below 2019 levels, according to data from industry analyst Springboard.

But the British Retail Consortium said that while many consumers have avoided stores, the industry could see a boost from e-commerce.

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