UK authorities are preparing a plan to contain the pandemic, which could lead to a further two-week confinement from Christmas. According to some British media, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will already have a ‘Plan C’ to stop the spread of the new strain of Covid-19, if the number of infected people continues to rise.
The new type of virus, Omicron, has seen a spike in pandemic numbers in the UK, with new cases doubling every two to three days. The Minister of State for Health had already warned of the danger of reaching one million people infected with the new strain by the end of this December, in a situation that is already beginning to affect the public health system. In the past week alone, the number of admissions to London hospitals rose by 28%.
According to the Financial Times, the British government already has a “Plan C” to stop the epidemic, which includes adopting new and stronger measures of mandatory confinement and confinement. According to Sky News and the BBC, the topic at hand is the possibility of a new “lockdown” from Christmas, which includes a ban on any indoor meetings. Only occupational reasons and the exercise of business functions are excluded. According to The Times, in this scenario, all restaurant and bar activities will be limited to terrace service.
The newspapers quoted British health experts as saying that the government should take tougher measures “soon”. Restricting social contacts and all kinds of meetings indoors will be the general rule, according to the same experts, who believe that procedures should begin only in early spring.
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