The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to adopt more “stringent” measures this Christmas as cases of Omicron could hit one million by the end of the month, leaked documents show.
The leaked document clearly warns that the government will need to implement more measures before Christmas.
The document reads, “The key point is that under a range of plausible scenarios, stringent action is needed on or before December 18, 2021 if doubling times stay at 2.5 days.
“Even if doubling times rise to around 5 days, stringent action is likely still needed in December.”
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also warned that the current restrictions do not go far enough as hospitalisations could be twice as high as they were in January if the current Plan B remains in place.
The paper reads, “These results suggest that omicron has the potential to cause substantial surges in cases, hospital admissions and deaths in populations with high levels of immunity, including England.
“The reintroduction of additional non-pharmaceutical interventions may be required to prevent hospital admissions exceeding the levels seen in England during the previous peak in winter 2020-2021.”
Under Plan C, there could be restrictions on socialising in large groups, no mixing of households, vaccine passports for entry into pubs or restaurants and a full “national lockdown has not been ruled out.”
The Prime Minister has insisted that he does not want a return of a national lockdown in England.
However, scientists research shows that a national lockdown could prove to be inevitable if Omicron becomes more deadly than other variants of the virus.