The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed on Monday that at least one patient who was in hospital has died after being infected with Omicron.
Johnson said visiting a vaccine clinic in London, “Sadly yes Omicron is producing hospitalisations and sadly at least one patient has been confirmed to have died with Omicron.
“So I think the idea that this is somehow a milder version of the virus, I think that’s something we need to set on one side and just recognise the sheer pace at which it accelerates through the population. So the best thing we can do is all get our boosters.”
Johnson told Sky News political editor Beth Rigby that he “will not rule out further restrictions before Christmas.”
Johnson was asked repeatedly by reporters if he would rule out more measures this side of Christmas, he said, “Throughout the pandemic I’ve been at great pains to stress to the public that we have to watch where the pandemic is going and we take whatever steps are necessary to protect public health.
“We think the steps that we are taking – so Plan B, combined with a hugely ambitious acceleration of the booster campaign, bringing it forward by a month so we offer a booster to every adult by the end of the year – we think that’s the right approach.”
Experts are “alarmed” over the new modelling from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) news which broke over the weekend.
The LSHTM used experimental data to look at how Omicron may transmit as the country heads into 2022 with “alarming” projections that Omicron, could potentially cause between 25,000 to 75,000 deaths in England, with 175,000 in hospital.
Experts have also warned, that if no additional measures are taken beyond the current Plan B, then over the next five months then the UK could witness theses grim projections.
Dr Head said, “They illustrate clearly that we will be in for another difficult winter.
“It did not have to be this way. There have been national and global failures in how to manage the pandemic.