Boris Johnson addressed the country, telling us all that the COVID Alert Level had been raised.
The Prime Minister gave his COVID update at 8 pm from Downing Street, which focused on ramping up the booster rollout to fight the new Omicron variant.
The UK COVID Alert Level has been raised from Level 3 to Level 4 in light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases, and it’s been said that the transmission of COVID 19 is already high in the community, mainly still driven by Delta, but the emergence of Omicron adds further and rapidly growing danger to the public and healthcare services, and that early evidence indicates that Omicron is circulating much quicker than Delta and that vaccine protection against symptomatic disease from Omicron is reduced.
It was said that information on severity would become more apparent over the coming weeks but hospitalisations from Omicron were already happening and those were likely to grow rapidly.
Boris Johnson discussed the significant expansion of the booster programme as fears mount over the spread of Omicron, and he informed everyone about the changes to COVID restrictions but didn’t say that Christmas had to be cancelled, at this point.
The UK’s top medics decided to ramp up the COVID alert level as a further 1,239 confirmed Omicron cases were recorded in the United Kingdom as of today.
Total cases of the new strain have rocketed by 65 per cent since Saturday, rising from 1,893 to 3,137.
Earlier, Dr Susan Hopkins, the chief medical adviser for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), cautioned that a large third wave of infections was unavoidable and further restrictions may be required.
She said people will have to reduce social contacts, and encouraged everyone to take lateral flow tests before going out to meet anyone.
Dr Susan Hopkins told the BBC that it was inevitable that we were going to see a large surge of infections, and that what they were not clear on, and which was essentially making sure people go out and get their vaccination for, is how much that will impact hospitals.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi told the UK was now locked in a race between the jabs programme and the spreading new variant, and that new modelling indicates that, under one scenario, almost twice the number of COVID patients could be admitted to the hospital compared with last year due to the impact of Omicron.
It’s also been said by a number of citizens that people need to learn and stop being sheep to our Government, and that the vaccines haven’t worked and nor will the boosters and that it’s a sack of nonsense, and that the only thing the vaccines will do is damage our immune systems, and that people are listening to someone who can’t even string a sentence together.
It’s also been said that Boris Johnson couldn’t even organise a p*ss up in a brewery, oh wait, he’s already done that at No 10, and I’m sure that when he did his address, people were hoping that it would be his resignation speech – now that would be an early Christmas present!