GB Britain Does Not Rule Out Imposing More Limitations For Omicron

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s health secretary has refused to rule out the possibility of imposing further restrictions on social activity before Christmas, amid the steep rise in COVID-19 cases and uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant.

Sajid Javid declared on Sunday that the government is assessing the situation and urged the public to remain cautious as scientists evaluate the latest data.

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Much is unknown about the new variant as hospitals prepare to accept more patients, the official told the BBC.

“There are no guarantees in this pandemic,” Javid responded when asked about the possibility of further restrictions.

“Right now, we just have to keep evaluating everything,” he added.

Days ago Prime Minister Boris Johnson reinstated the obligation to wear the mask in stores, and to show proof of vaccination or negative test to enter nightclubs or other capacity. But government advisers have recommended stronger measures to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, according to notes leaked to the press from a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

Several nations in Europe are applying tougher measures in an attempt to stem a new wave of COVID-19 cases unleashed by the contagious omicron variant.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday made clear the authorities’ concern over the increase in cases and the possibility of overwhelming the health system, declaring a special status that allows local councils to coordinate more closely with emergency services. .

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