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Boris under fire over the spread of Omicron as he urges people to party at Christmas raising concerns

1st Dec 21 10:38 am

The Prime Minister is to face more questions on Wednesday over the government’s approach over the spread of Omicron as he has told Brits that Christmas gatherings should continue, but a senior health official has given a very different message.

During a press conference on Tuesday Boris Johnson vowed to “throw everything” at the booster vaccination to combat Omicron and urged the public not to cancel Christmas parties or nativity plays.

However, the UK’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA) chief Dr Jenny Harries is urging the public to “decrease our social contacts” which will help keep Covid and the new “variant at bay” this winter, which is looking very likely to be a harsh one this year.

Dr Harries had earlier told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that even if “vaccines appear to be effective, but we find that the variant is more highly transmissible, having lowish grade infection, but in very large numbers of the population, (it) could still be a significant impact on our hospitals.

“And, of course, our behaviours in winter and particularly around Christmas, we tend to socialise more, so I think all of those will need to be taken into account.”

She added: “If we all decrease our social contacts a little bit, actually that helps to keep the variant at bay.”

Dr Harries suggested “being careful, not socialising when we don’t particularly need to” and getting a booster jab.

The BBC reported that the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) had warned officials the impact of Omicron is “highly uncertain,” but may require a “stringent response.”

According to leaked minutes of a Sage meeting on Monday, reportedly seen by the BBC, advisers warned, “The situation could develop quickly over the coming weeks and decision makers may need to act while there is a high level of uncertainty, including the potential need for stringent response measures.”

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