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Boris updates his Cabinet and tells Minister’s that early indications shows Omicron ‘is more transmissible’ than Delta

by LLB political Reporter
7th Dec 21 1:50 pm

The Prime Minister has told MPs on Tuesday that early indications show that the new Omicron variant appears to be “more transmissible” than the Delta strain.

Boris Johnson updated his Cabinet over the situation with Omicron as scientists have warned they predict there could up to 2,000 cases already in the UK who have the virus.

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

He added that there was no debate around the Cabinet table on whether they will introduce Plan B to control the virus this winter.

Professor Tim Spector, of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, told BBC, “The official estimates are about 350-odd Omicron cases, and because the current testing is missing a lot of those, it’s probably at least 1,000 to 2,000 I would guess at the moment.

“And we are expecting this to be doubling about every two days at the moment, so if you do your maths – assume it’s 1,000 at the moment, and you think it’s going to be doubling every two days, you can see that those numbers are going to be pretty (high) certainly in about 10 days’ time.

“By that time, we’ll probably have more cases than they will in some of those African countries.

“So I think these travel restrictions do perhaps have their place initially, when cases are really low here and really high in the other country, but when we reach that equilibrium, there’s very little point in having them, in my opinion.”

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