Sal daar weer 'n lockdown wees na Kersfees?

FEARS are growing that a new wave of restrictions will be brought in as the spread of the Omicron variant has seen a surge in Covid cases.

Boris Johnson has confirmed that he will not impose a inperking voorheen Kersfees, but many wonder if will there be tighter measures for the UK after the festive period.

Boris Johnson has ruled out a lockdown before Christmas

Boris Johnson has ruled out a lockdown before ChristmasKrediet: Getty

Will the UK go into another lockdown?

The Prime Minister has said there will not be a lockdown before Christmas.

Egter, as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly throughout the UK, Boris Jognson said tougher restrictions may be needed to be brought in after Christmas Day.

Mr Johnson said in a video on Twitter on December 21: “There is no doubt that Omicron continues to surge with a speed unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The situation remains extremely difficult but I also recognise that people have been waiting to hear whether their Christmas plans are going to be affected.

So what I can say tonight, is that naturally we can’t rule out any further measures after Christmasand we’re going to keep a constant eye on the data, and we’ll do whatever it takes to protect public health.

But in view of the continuing uncertainty about several things – the severity of Omicron, uncertainty about the hospitalisation rate or the impact of the vaccine rollout or the boosters, we don’t think today that there is enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas.

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We continue to monitor Omicron very closely and if the situation deteriorates we will be ready to take action if needed.

What this means is that people can go ahead with their Christmas plans but the situation remains finely balanced and I would urge everyone to exercise caution, to keep protecting yourselves and your loved ones, especially the vulnerable.

Among the proposals being considered is a two-week circuit-breaker, which would include a ban on meeting friends and family indoors.

This could include plans that will prevent Brits meeting others indoors except for work purposes.

Kroeë en restaurante would be limited to outdoor service only if the scheme is given the green light.

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Other reports suggest Mr Johnson has been presented with a range of options forplan C”, ranging frommild guidance to nudge people, right through to lockdown”.

Pessimistic Sage scientists have told the Government tougher measures will be neededvery soon”.

Which area of the UK has the most cases?

As of December 21, the worst affected area in the UK is Londen.

Cases in the capital continue to rise drastically, and in the week leading up to December 16, the most recent data available on the Government’s interactive map, there were meer as 4,400 huise vir 100,000 in Lambeth, southwest London, alleen.

Also in the capital, Clapham North has seen a staggering 3,381 per 100,000 increase in cases.

This is quickly followed by Clapham South, which has seen the virus spread to 3,229 huise vir 100,000 mense.

Outside of London, the virus has taken hold of the rest of southeast England too.

In Islip, Arncott and Chesterton, there were 2,915 huise vir 100,000 people and 2,043 per 100,000 people in South Wonston, Sutton Scotney and Micheldever.

Another hotspot has proved to be the northwest of England, where there are a reported 1828 huise vir 100,000 people in the city centre of North and Collyhurst.

Johnson told Brits to get their booster jabs as soon as they can, after long snaking queues were seen at vaccine centres across the country.

The Sun is also urging readers to sign up to the Jabs Army campaign to make the rollout as smooth and fast as possible.

A record 93,000 Brits were newly-infected met coronavirus on December 17, 2021.

Tens of thousands of Brits will be isolating this Christmas as a result of the spike.

What has Boris Johnson said on lockdown?

Johnson has said a considerable waveof cases is sweeping inbut stood firm on tougher rules this side of Christmas.

Hy het gesê: “I’ve said already that people should be cautious, but what we have also said is that people should decide what they want to do. It is a matter for their personal choice.

“We are not closing things down but we do think people need to be cautious.”

Johnson has refrained from telling people to stop enjoying their festivities, saying “we’re not closing hospitality, we’re not cancelling people’s parties or their ability to mix”.

He said people should instead “be careful before they go”meaning to take a lateral flow test at home.

Egter, he urged everyone to get their boosterand warned the mutation isa very serious threat to us now”.

On a visit to a vaccination centre in Hillingdon, Wes -Londen, hy het gesê: “People have got to be prepared and they have got to understand what it entails.

And he said Brits must beprudent”.

Hy het gesê: “You need to think about your budget of risk.

Brits have been urged to get their jabs as soon as possible

Brits have been urged to get their jabs as soon as possibleKrediet: AFP

Why are Covid cases increasing rapidly?

The Omicron variant now makes up almost half of cases across England and is driving a tidal wave of infections.

The strain has overtaken the previously-dominant Delta variant in the space of a month or so.

Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Study app, gesê: “Omicron is set to be the dominant strain in the UK by Christmas, and in the New Year cases could hit a peak higher than anything we’ve ever seen before.

“In London cases have been rising rapidly, but this will likely slow down soon, as people change their behaviour, such as wearing face masks again, cancelling parties and working from home more.

“Hopefully people now recognise the cold-like symptoms which appear to be the predominant feature of Omicron.”

Gesondheidsekretaris Sajid Javid has said that the window between infection and infectiousness may be shorter for the Omicron variant, making it able to spread faster.

Boris Johnson says Brits need to be aware of Omicron risk as they socialise over Christmas