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Boris Johnson could put UK in lockdown or 8pm curfew to curb Covid-19

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Boris Johnson is considering options to "curb the spread of Omicron" which could see the UK put back into a full lockdown.

Sage scientists are mounting pressure onto the Prime Minister to take one of three courses of action against the variant which is spreading rapidly across the UK, according to The Sun.

There are currently 82,886 new daily Covid cases on Sunday and Omicron infections hit 12,133 in the last 24 hours.

At the moment, facemasks are mandatory in shops and on public transport as the public have been reminded to stay vigilant.

The first option involves urging the public to limit the number of people they socialise with indoors in England.

While the second option includes everything from the first, it will also make social distancing mandatory and implement an 8pm pub and restaurant curfew.

A hospitality curfew was introduced in September 2020 but was widely criticised for being ineffective against the spread.

Option three is a full, country-wide lockdown, the Daily Telegraph reports.

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The news comes as reports from the Sunday Times claimed that Boxing Day has been pencilled in for an announcement of a 'circuit breaker' lockdown with measures possibly starting as early as December 27.

One of the options reportedly being considered is a two-week circuit breaker, which will see the return of the Rule of Six and no indoor mixing.

Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve customers outside as cases of the Omicron variant spread.

But as of now, the plans have yet to reach the ministerial level and have not been officially confirmed.

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Appearing on the final ever episode of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the pandemic had made it clear decision-makers were not able to give any guarantees.

After it was suggested to him that he was not ruling out new restrictions before Christmas, Mr Javid said: “There are no guarantees in this pandemic, I don’t think.

“At this point, we just have to keep everything under review.”

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus

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