Two weeks of ‘circuit breaker’ measures seem set to come it force after the Christmas holiday. The Times has reported that draft regulations are currently being prepared which would ban meeting others indoors except for work purposes, and limit restaurants and pubs to outdoor service only.
The BBC has now likewise cited leaked minutes from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) stating that these new measures are needed very soon in order to avert a rise of hospitalizations to the level of 3,000 a day.
Sky News also has reported today (Saturday 18th December) that the experts who produce advice for ministers believe there are now ‘hundreds of thousands’ of infections every day, many more than the number of official cases recorded on the daily dashboard. The shortage of lateral flow tests in some areas has also had a consequence on testing data. Sky has been told a return to measures that we were living with in April are needed to stop hospitals being overwhelmed. Their source said the ‘circuit breaker’ would need to last for long enough for everyone to get a booster, building an extra wall of defence.
This comes after Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, declared a major incident in the capital over the huge surge of Omicron cases and an increase in hospital admissions. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the new variant’s rapid spread is hugely concerning and he is incredibly worried about staff absences in vital public services including the NHS, fire service and police. The impact has also been seen on sport with the majority of top flight football fixtures being postponed today (Saturday 18th December).