The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that two cases of the new super mutant variant have now been detected in the UK which are both “linked.”
Javid also announced that four more countries are to be added to the red list from Sunday morning which are, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.
Politics For All has reported that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to hold a press conference this evening at Downing Street.
The Health Secretary has already said that the government will take “decisive steps to protect public health” and it is likely that Johnson will announce new restrictions as Omicron has been identified in the UK.
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said, “We now need to wait and see just what kind of threat this new variant may pose.
“If we’re lucky, it won’t be a serious one, but it could be very serious.”
He added that he can not predict if Omicron will affect Christmas, “On the one hand, I don’t want to induce unnecessary anxiety in people, but on the other hand, I think we all need to be ready for the possibility of a change in the restrictions.”
On Friday Javid had not ruled out more restrictions over the coming weeks and told MPs in the House of Commons, “We’ve got plans in place, as people know, for the spread of this infection here in the UK and we have contingency plans – the so-called Plan B.”
England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said on Friday that MPs are right to take “precautionary” border measures to delay Omicron variant in the UK.
But he urged the government to be cautious when it comes to “more muscular restrictions.”
Professor Whitty asked a Local Government Association panel discussion on Friday evening, “My greatest worry at the moment is that if we need to do something more muscular at some point, whether it’s for the current new variant or at some later stage, can we still take people with us?”