BORIS Johnson has urged Brits to take note of five key measures to help the country beat Covid.
The Prime Minister has urged people to continue to work from home if possible and to wear masks in public places as cases of the virus increase.
The UK is struggling to stem the rapid rise of Omicron cases that has crippled the country as workers are forced into isolation or struggle to access the test.
But a series of extremely positive studies show that Omicron IS is milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization than Delta.
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in British arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
Even so, Mr Johnson today urged Britons to follow five measures to limit the spread of the virus at a press conference.
It comes as the number of people who have tested positive for Covid in the UK surpasses 200,000 in the UK for the first time.
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The Prime Minister has urged Britons to continue working from home if possible to prevent the virus from spreading on public transport and at work.
He issued guidance in December as part of the Government’s Plan B measures but wants people to continue following the measure.
And today, Mr Johnson announced more than 100,000 critical workers will be on fast track for lateral flow tests to halt halted essential services.
He said there’s a chance we can “get through this wave of Omicrons without shutting down our country again”.
Mr Johnson also urged Brits to continue wearing masks in public spaces.
Ministers reintroduced mandatory face coverings in some areas, particularly public transport, on 30 November.
But in December, the Prime Minister extended that to more installations amid concerns about the rapid spread of Omicron.
Britons are still required to wear masks in the following places:
- When on public transport including trains, buses and London Underground
- At traffic hubs such as train stations and airports
- All retail stores such as clothing stores and supermarkets
- Large entertainment venues such as cinemas, theaters and bowling alleys
- While in all places of worship
- At hair salons, beauty parlors, tattoo parlors and nail salons
- When going to the post office or bank
- In the office of the real estate agent
- At Veterinary Surgery
- While waiting to order at take away restaurants
- At pharmacies and medical facilities such as hospitals
- At auction houses
- While taking a taxi
- In driving lessons and tests
Britons have been asked to take a lateral flow test before going to “high risk” events and also before visiting elderly or vulnerable loved ones.
Daily Covid cases today hit more than 200,000 in the UK for the first time – but experts say they will start to drop next week.
In the past 24 hours, 48 new deaths have been reported and an additional 218,724 cases of infection since yesterday.
DOWNLOAD BOOSTER JAB
Mr Johnson has begged Britons who have not received a booster as officials have said the vaccine protects against Omicron.
Almost 29 million people have been given a health boost in the UK, including more than 260,000 who received a ‘boost’ on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and January 2.
But the NHS says there are still possibilities for those who have not been able to come forward, for example because they may already have Covid.
A third stab also greatly reduces the risk of becoming seriously ill – and The Sun’s Jab’s Army campaign is helping to get those vital boosters in everyone’s arms.
FOLLOW THE RULES
The Prime Minister has also asked Britons living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to follow “relevant rules” for the areas in which they live.
For example, Scotland’s First Minister last month announced tighter restrictions such as limits on event sizes, table service in pubs and social distancing rules in guest venues. hotels and entertainment.
Speaking today, Mr Johnson said: “As our NHS goes to war, tomorrow I will propose to the cabinet that we continue with Plan B because the public has reacted and changed behaviour. their micro, take valuable time to get boosters in hand and help the NHS to deal with the Omicron way.
“So please continue to adhere to those measures for now.
“Work from home if you can, wear a face covering on public transport and in other indoor places, and take the test before you go to a high-risk event or before you experience other conditions.” elderly or vulnerable people and of course, follow the relevant rules if you live in Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland.
“Please, please get that boost because I launched the Get Boosted Now campaign on December 12th.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said today that the booster pincer attack and Plan B are working against Omicron and that no new containment measures are needed.
Despite the rising super-stress cases, ministers are increasingly confident that hospitals will not become as overwhelmed as feared.
In the main developments:
- Millions of students will wear masks in class today when they return
- Scientists were “cautiously optimistic” that Covid was leveling in London
- Ministers refuse to fear increased rollout is slowing
- A vaccine expert said the worst days of the pandemic were “behind us”.
The Prime Minister met with officials this morning to review the latest data before making a decision to stop imposing any more harmful measures.
Ahead of the announcement, Mr Javid said: “There is nothing in the data at this time to suggest that we need to move away from Plan B.
“I think Plan B, doing that, is the right approach and also has an absolute focus on immunization programmes.”
However, he is facing urgent calls to cut the quarantine period from seven to five days to ease pressure on the absence of staff provided by Omicron.
Cabinet Ministers have been asked to have contingency plans ready in case key sectors struggle due to intense staff shortages.
Troops can even be deployed to fill the absence of key workers if needed.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “All departments have been asked to look at how they reduce large-scale absenteeism in their relevant workforces, by up to 25%.”
Children are also facing chaos on their first day back to school as teacher shortages threaten more closures and a resumption of distance learning takes a toll on students.
Tory MPs are among those calling for cuts to the quarantine period to speed up the return to work.
But ministers say it could backfire dramatically and could lead to more infections in general.
Vaccines Minister Maggie Thgroup said: “We don’t feel there is a need for further reductions as we would be very concerned that people will still be infected and possibly transmit the disease.”
Ministers and experts are increasingly optimistic that doomsday predictions of flooded hospitals will be avoided.
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of NHS Confederation, said hospitalizations appeared to be “probably already high in London”.
Leading professor Neil Ferguson also believes rates in the capital could level off after the Christmas peak.
“I think I’m cautiously optimistic that the infection rate in London in that key 18-50 age group, which has fueled the Omicron epidemic, may have dropped, it’s too early to tell,” he said. whether they decrease or not.”
And Oxford’s director of vaccines, Sir Andrew Pollard, praises that “the worst is behind us. We just need to get through the winter.”
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