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experts says Omicron will hospitalise 'record number' of Brits unless UK locks down


Boris Johnson’s scientists have warned of record hospitalisations from Omicron Covid unless stricter rules are introduced urgently.


SAGE scientists warned ‘Plan B’ measures alone would not be enough to prevent the variant ravaging the NHS - and recommended closing indoor pubs and cancelling crowded events.


It came amid warnings that 50,000 NHS doctors, nurses and staff could be off sick with the variant by Christmas Day.

Labour warned the NHS faced “collapse” if the virus rips through the workforce.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday declared a "major incident" as the virus tore through the capital.


The Prime Minister faced calls to recall Parliament this week, to debate tougher restrictions.


But Mr Johnson is understood to be waiting for firmer data on the severity of the Omicron variant before deciding on stricter measures after Christmas.


And a COBRA meeting, scheduled to take place yesterday to discuss financial assistance for businesses and contingency planning for vital public services brought to their knees by staff absences, was pushed forward and will now take place on Sunday.

A further 90,418 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases were recorded on Saturday, the second highest figure on record.


A total of 900 people were admitted to hospital, bringing the weekly total to 6,056 - and 125 died within 28 days of testing positive for the disease.


Papers published on Saturday revealed that because of the delay in testing and registering new cases, the number of daily infections is “almost certainly” in the hundreds of thousands already.

SAGE scientists say the Government's "plan B" measures do not go far enough to protect the NHS

But Mr Johnson is understood to be waiting for firmer data on the severity of the Omicron variant before deciding on stricter measures after Christmas.


And a COBRA meeting, scheduled to take place yesterday to discuss financial assistance for businesses and contingency planning for vital public services brought to their knees by staff absences, was pushed forward and will now take place on Sunday.

A further 90,418 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases were recorded on Saturday, the second highest figure on record.

A total of 900 people were admitted to hospital, bringing the weekly total to 6,056 - and 125 died within 28 days of testing positive for the disease.

Papers published on Saturday revealed that because of the delay in testing and registering new cases, the number of daily infections is “almost certainly” in the hundreds of thousands already.



The Government's "plan B" measures do not go far enough to protect the NHS, SAGE warns



Credit: mirror.co.uk


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