U.K’s Finance Minister, Rishi Sunak is among the 10 cabinets that do not want the introduction of new restrictions before the Christmas holiday. The minister is concerned that the official modeling and report concerning the Omicron variant is not accurate. As a result, the decision to place restrictions should not be based on the report.
Britain has already reported an increase in the spread of the Omicron variant, with the health minister Sajid Javid insisting that the introduction of further restriction measures will be the best way to tackle the resurgent virus.
The chief scientific adviser to the UK government, Patrick Vallace stated that it’s vital for the new restrictions to be put in place to prevent a possible overwhelming of the NHS.
According to him, no less than 3000 patients could be hospitalized each day if the restrictions are not placed as soon as possible. However, about one-third of the UK cabinet members, including the Finance Minister, is questioning the accuracy of the study.
U.K Record Of COVID-19 Cases Surges
The report of a further lockdown restriction is coming when the UK is seeing record levels of COVID-19 infections.
The Omicron virus has become the dominant COVID-19 variant infecting people in Scotland and London, while the Delta variant is still very strong in other parts of the country.
The UK prime minister is still adamant that the region needs more proactive ways of dealing with the virus by placing more restriction protocols. The health minister also agreed on the view, noting that there could be further COVID-19 restrictions in place before Christmas.
Tighter Restrictions Are Being Considered Around The World
The U.K government is not the only government worried about the increasing spate of COVID-19 variant infections. The spiraling cases of the Omicron virus have gotten governments worried and proposed further restriction methods to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Several countries across Europe have already introduced several curbs, which will take effect before Christmas. The Netherland has already started full lockdown while Germany is closing its borders from non-Germans. It means that from December 24 to December 26, only German citizens are allowed entry into the country.