Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to endorse new barrier curbs, saying England will “ride the Omicron wave,” which will sweep Britain with no new restrictions.
Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street today, the Prime Minister said the claim that the pandemic was over was “deeply false” despite the daily cases increasing to 218,724.
However, he turned down demands on the government to go beyond “Plan B” restrictions, saying lockdowns affect youth livelihoods and life chances. Der Spiegel reports.
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He said, “First, we now know that Omicron is milder than previous variants. Fortunately, while hospital admissions are rising rapidly, with over 15,000 Covid patients now hospitalized in England alone, that doesn’t mean the same number of critical care needs that we saw in the previous waves.
“Second, thanks to the fantastic national effort to replenish the UK, we now have a significant level of protection, higher than any of our European neighbors, with over 34 million booster vaccines administered, including in England reaching over 90% of those over 70 and 86% of those over 50.
“And so, together with the Plan B measures that we introduced before Christmas, we have the chance to survive this Omicron wave without closing our country again.
“We can keep our schools and businesses open and find a way to live with this virus.”
He admitted that the UK is “in the midst of the fastest growth in Covid cases we have ever known,” adding, “Previous waves of the pandemic have not had a single day with more than 100,000 new cases reported in one day last week we had 200,000 people who tested positive.
And the latest number today is another 218,000, although that includes some late announcements.
“I’m afraid anyone who thinks our fight against Covid is over is deeply wrong.
“This is a moment of extreme caution.”
There were 1,881 Covid-19 hospital admissions in England on Jan. 2. NHS England said today.
This is up 37% week-to-week but is below the 2,370 entries recorded on December 29th.
During the second wave of Coronavirus, daily admissions peaked at 4,134 on January 12th.
In London, 347 approvals were reported on Jan. 2, down 7% from the week.
The number of Covid-19 admissions includes people who were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours and who were known to have developed Covid-19, as well as patients who were hospitalized with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. 19 was diagnosed.
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