The Prime Minister could announce that from as early as Thursday Brits could be ordered to work from home as Omicron is picking up pace.
The Financial Times reported that vaccine passports could be introduced, whilst a government source told The Guardian that “new Covid rules are imminent” and Plan B, including home working, could be implemented as early as Thursday.
On Tuesday 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.
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.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney was asked if he is concerned that events in Downing Street could affect public compliance with any restrictions that could be imposed this Christmas, Swinney told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, “You bet I am.”
The Deputy First Minister, who is also the Scottish Government’s Covid Recovery Secretary, added, “That video last night is just one of the most appalling things I have seen in my political life.
“So the experience that all of us are having to wrestle with in the handling of coronavirus, and particularly Omicron, are dealt a very serious blow by the appalling behaviour by Downing Street, by UK Government ministers who have quite clearly lied to the public about this party, and we need to recognise the seriousness of the threat that poses to our efforts on tackling coronavirus.”