The Prime Minister has warned Brits today that a “very serious” Omicron wave is coming through and boosted now.
Speaking to Sky News he warned that people must “be prepared” and get “boosted now,” adding that the public need to “budget their risk.”
Boris Johnson said that the UK is not in the same position as last year in closing “things down” as millions are vaccinated.
On Wednesday the UK reported 78,610 which is being fuelled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Dr Susan Hopkins, of the UK Health Security Agency’s chief medical adviser, told MPs on the health committee that for Omicron, the reproductive value in the UK is between 3 and 5 and during and in March 2020 the R value was above 1, which prompted the first lockdown.
England’s chief medical officer is urging people not to “mix with people you don’t have to” and warned that the record for hospitilisations could be broken within weeks.
The scientists said the government telling Brits to be alert, is not urgent enough. They said in a statement, “The situation is so urgent we must take emergency action now and that means it is imperative to reduce contacts.
“Advice is no longer enough since it does not convey the urgency of the situation.”