London is now the UK’s “hotspot” as Omicron makes up for 30% of all new cases and the government could impose tighter restrictions as the capital is in the worst position with the new variant which is rapidly spreading.
On Friday Ministers held a Cobra meeting to discuss what measures they need to impose to curb the spread of the highly transmissible variant.
The Prime Minister warned the new variant Omicron will make up the majority of infections by tomorrow.
The capital is seeing a much higher percentage of Omicron cases than the rest of England.
Dr Zubaida Haque, a member of Independent SAGE, raised the alarm that London has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with a higher percentage of at-risk minority communities and high levels of deprivation.
Dr Haque added, “But lateral flow tests are running out so not limiting parties and not requiring ppl to self-isolate if in contact with +ve case will have consequences for London.”
It's not in the news but it should be. London is in one of the worst positions with #Omicron. Across England omicron is ~10% cases but in London it's ALREADY >34% cases. What's worse is that London has lowest vaccination rates, high % of BME groups at risk & high % of deprivation pic.twitter.com/PsfMKE74qE
— Dr Zubaida Haque (@Zubhaque) December 13, 2021
She strongly advises that everyone must face masks, which should be worn in any closed public space including public transport, classrooms and shops.
Fresh data from the Department of Health has suggested that Omicron will become the dominant variant this week.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Gove said, “The meeting I’ve just chaired with first Ministers of all the devolved administrations was presented with some very challenging new information.”