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Boris Johnson warns 'early signs' show Omicron Covid variant more transmissible


Downing Street said it was ‘too early to draw conclusions’ but early signs show the new strain spreads more quickly than the Delta variant

Masks are now mandatory in shops and on public transport to tackle the Omicron variant
Masks are now mandatory in shops and on public transport to tackle the Omicron variant

Boris Johnson has warned the Cabinet that early signs show the new Omicron variant is more transmissible than the Delta variant.

Downing Street said ministers did not discuss introducing Plan B measures – but said the Government could move “swiftly” if it needed impose new restrictions.

The Prime Minister is planning to make a decision next week on whether further Covid measures are needed once experts have provided more data on the new variant.

Describing the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the PM’s official spokesman said “The Prime Minister said it was too early to draw conclusions on the characteristics of Omicron but that early indications were that it was more transmissible than Delta.

“Further measures were introduced this week to help slow transmission and further seeding of the variant, and the Prime Minister reiterated that booster vaccines remain our best defence against new and existing variants, with the NHS on course to meet the target of offering a booster to all adults by the end of January.”







Boris Johnson is considering whether to update Covid rules before Christmas
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Mr Johnson is expected to make an announcement to MPs on whether to change Covid restrictions in the final week before Parliament breaks up on December 16.

On Monday, Downing Street did not rule out imposing snap restrictions during recess if necessary.

This breaking story is being updated.





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