The Prime Minister has warned that another lockdown is not out of the query if a brand new and lethal variant of coronavirus seems.
It comes after the emergence of the brand new Omicron XE variant which has prompted practically 1,000 infections within the UK up to now. Based on the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics, 4.9 million folks within the UK had been contaminated with Covid-19 as of final weekend, reaching record-high ranges throughout the pandemic.
Based on a report launched by the World Well being Organisation (WHO), XE is a mix of the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 strains and was first detected within the UK on January 19 with early checks suggesting it is extremely transmissible. The UK Well being Safety Company added on Monday that the newest knowledge confirmed the brand new variant had a progress price of 9.8 per cent above BA.2.
Now, the Prime Minister has prompt that the nation might nonetheless go into lockdown, regardless of implementing a brand new ‘Dwelling With Covid’ plan. He advised conservative MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies for GB Information: “I want to avoid any such thing ever happening again.” Regardless of this, he acknowledged that any choice to carry again restrictions should discover a place between public well being and saving lives.
“I think it would be irresponsible of any leader in any democracy to say that they’re going to rule out something that can save lives.
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“I believe the things we did saved lives. I’ve got to be absolutely frank with you, there could be a new variant more deadly, there could be a variant that affects children, that we really need to contain, I’m not going to take any options off the table. But I don’t think it will happen.
“We’re now in the phase where the virus is losing its potency overall and we’ve got a massively vaccinated UK population.”