Fury over delayed booster drive to jab 1MILLION a day

‘Why weren’t we doing this MONTHS ago?’: Tory MPs and NHS bosses warn dishing out a MILLION boosters a day in face of Omicron will be ‘incredibly difficultand may see operations cancelled againas GPs say they only found out scaling up plans LAST NIGHT

  • Extra NHS staff and the army will be called to help deliver booster jabs to those eligible across the nation
  • Boris Johnson said that every adult in the UK will be able to book a booster before the end of this year
  • Said he is bringing forward his end of January target by a month because ‘a tidal wave of Omicron is coming
  • Every adult over 18 who has had second jab at least three months ago eligible for booster from today
  • Prime Minister’s address came after the UK’s chief medical officers recommended raising Covid alert level
  • The nation’s CMOs recommended raising the alert from Level 3 to Level 4 – one step below the top Level 5
  • Boris Johnson has today come under fire for his Omicron-fighting pledge to dish out a million Covid booster jabs a day, with senior Tories and Labour questioning why the Government didn’t kick off the operation months earlier.

    NHS bosses have also warned that scaling up the programme now will be ‘incredibly difficult’ and inevitably have ‘consequences’, with patients once again facing the threat of cancelled operations.

    In a massively ambitious move last night, the Prime Minister brought forward the deadline to offer all over-18s a third jab by New Year’s Day as he warned the country: ‘There is a tidal wave of Omicron coming.’

    The Army and thousands of extra volunteers will be drafted in to achieve the target, and clinic hours extended to help dish out up to 20million jabs over the next two-and-a-half weeks.

    The drive will also see 42 military planning teams across every region, additional vaccine sites and mobile units, an extension of opening hours for clinics so they run seven days a week and thousands of extra volunteer vaccinators trained.

    But concerns about whether the Government could even hit the goal were raised almost immediately after Mr Johnson’s 8pm announcement last night. Even at the height of the NHS’s vaccine drive in March, the health service never managed more than 850,000 jabs a day.

    GPs fumed they found out about the goal at the same time as the rest of the nation, and NHS bosses warned it would take ‘time’ to get the scaled up programme ‘fully up and running’.

    Former Cabinet minister David Davis blasted the Government for failing to ramp up the booster drive in September, saying it was always clear that Covid would become worse in the winter months.

    Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth warned the UK was already ‘behindon boosters, and that the ‘vaccine wall of defence was crumbling’.

    And in another sign of chaos, the NHS’s online booking site crashed as thousands of desperate Britons flocked onto the site to try to arrange their top-up jab.

    The PM’s intervention last night comes amid the ever-growing threat of tougher restrictions in January, with the potential for a new lockdown if Omicron cases surge out of control after the UK’s Covid alert level was raised from Level 3 to Level 4.

    Both Scotland and Wales have dangled the possibility of having to go even further in bid to ward off the highly-transmissible variant.

    Yesterday the UK reported another 1,239 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant — an increase of 65 per cent in the past 24 시간. It was the highest daily rise and more than double the previous record, with the total number of known cases now sitting above 3,000.

    In his speech the PM urged people to ‘get boosted nowand said the UK is ‘now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variantand ‘we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe’.

    According to NHS data, many older age groups who have been eligible to get a Covid booster since September still have double digit percentage figures of people who are yet to get a third dose. 어제, the NHS online booking system for Covid boosters was opened up to the over 40s. 81 per cent of people aged 40-to-49 have yet to have a booster.

    According to NHS data, many older age groups who have been eligible to get a Covid booster since September still have double digit percentage figures of people who are yet to get a third dose. 어제, the NHS online booking system for Covid boosters was opened up to the over 40s. 81 per cent of people aged 40-to-49 have yet to have a booster.

    Above is Britain's daily vaccinations graph. It shows a lull in rolling out jabs over September and October, which opposition parties today branded as a missed opportunity for the country. Former Conservative ministers and the shadow health secretary have questioned why more was not being done to roll out the jabs in September

    Above is Britain’s daily vaccinations graph. It shows a lull in rolling out jabs over September and October, which opposition parties today branded as a missed opportunity for the country. Former Conservative ministers and the shadow health secretary have questioned why more was not being done to roll out the jabs in September

    Boris Johnson yesterday urged people to 'get boosted now' and said the UK is 'now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant'

    Boris Johnson yesterday urged people to ‘get boosted nowand said the UK is ‘now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant

    It means that everyone eligible aged 18 and over will have the chance to get their booster before the New Year, with Mr Johnson urging people to 'get boosted now'

    It means that everyone eligible aged 18 and over will have the chance to get their booster before the New Year, with Mr Johnson urging people to ‘get boosted now

    The UK Covid alert level was raised from level 3 to level 4 after the UK reported another 1,239 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant

    The UK Covid alert level was raised from level 3 to level 4 after the UK reported another 1,239 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant

    Mr Davis told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We were always going to face a challenge [이번 겨울], and if you ask the NHS how much of a challenge can we face they say very little.

    '그래서, why didn’t we do all this in September?’

    ‘What actually happened from my memory was that the rate dropped to about 58,000 a day.

    NHS website CRASHES again as thousands try to book Covid booster jabs

    그만큼 NHS website crashed again this morning as hundreds of thousands of Britons rushed to book their 코로나 19 booster doses just hours after 보리스 존슨 said it would open up to all adults in the country from today.

    Those trying to book an appointment on the website were greeting with a message saying: ‘The NHS website is currently experiencing technical difficulties. We are working to resolve these issues. Thank you for your patience.

    It comes after the Prime Minister confirmed in a televised statement last night that he had turbocharged the booster programme, as the deadline to offer all adults a third jab is being brought forward by a month.

    The Army will be drafted in and clinic hours extended to help dose 18million people by January 1 – nearly a million a dayas the PM warned of a ‘tidal waveof Covid that could overwhelm the NHS and cause ‘very many deaths’.

    Mr Johnson said the ‘Omicron emergencymeant boosters were vital to ‘protect our freedoms and our way of life’. Within minutes of his announcement, the NHS website crashed as thousands flocked to secure appointments.

    Then again this morning, the NHS website was initially putting people in an online queue of more than 5,000 people shortly after 7am, saying that ‘lots of people are trying to book an appointment.

    Moments later while people were waiting, a message was displayed that the website was ‘currently experiencing technical difficulties’, and those trying to book a jab had to go back one webpage and try again.

    Britons trying to book their booster jab this morning have been greeted with this message on the NHS website today

    Britons trying to book their booster jab this morning have been greeted with this message on the NHS website today

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    그는 덧붙였다: ‘The first time I heard a million jabs a day phrase was in September and, 실제로, that was the right time.

    ‘If you look at it, we don’t have to guess anymore, look at last year the Covid infection rate took off in late September, and deaths took off in late October. All respiratory diseases get worse in the winter.

    ‘Why weren’t we doing this earlier? If this was so important, why weren’t we doing this in September?’

    Blasting ministers for failing to roll out booster jabs earlier, Mr Ashworth said: ‘Sajid Javid [이다] right to push everyone to get a booster.

    ‘But for weeks we’ve been warning the vaccine wall of defence was crumbling.

    ‘We’re behind on boosters, some areas behind on second jabs and childrens rates too low.

    The PM said the data was now clear that two doses of the vaccine are ‘simply not enough to give the level of protection we all needbut the ‘good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dose – a booster dose – we can all bring our level of protection back up’.

    He said this will require ‘an extraordinary effortas he revealed some medical appointments will have to be postponed until 2022 so that clinicians can commit to administering jabs.

    Mr Johnson said ‘every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months agowill be eligible for a jab from tomorrow.

    Figures show that a total of 23,124,829 – 40.2 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UKhave now received a booster jab but the rollout will now need to rapidly increase in order to meet the target.

    Approximately 20million people are likely to be eligible for the booster under the criteria which means the rollout will need to administer around one million jabs a day to hit the PM’s goal.

    The formal NHS Booking System will be open to the younger age groups from Wednesday but Mr Johnson said ‘in some places you can walk in from tomorrow’.

    In his address the Prime Minister said: ‘Over the past year we have shown that vaccination is the key to beating Covid and that it works

    ‘The UK was the first country in the world to administer a vaccine, we delivered the fastest rollout in Europe and we begun the fastest booster campaign too with over half-a-million jabs delivered yesterday alone.

    ‘These achievements made possible by the extraordinary efforts of our NHS, including thousands of GPs and volunteer vaccinators have literally saved countless lives and livelihoods in this country.

    ‘But I need to speak to you this evening because I’m afraid we’re now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron and we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe. ‘

    Mr Johnson went on to say that that UK’s four chief medical officers had now raised the Covid alert level to fourit’s second highest level- because of the evidence that Omicron is doubling in the UK every two to three days.

    그는 계속했다: ‘We know from bitter experience how these exponential curves develop. No one should be in any doubt there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming and I’m afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need.

    ‘But the good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dosea booster dosewe can all bring our level of protection back up.

    ‘I know there will be some people watching who will be asking whether Omicron is less severe than previous variants and whether we really need to go out and get that booster and the answer is yes we do.

    In his address the Prime Minister said 'we're now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron and we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection'

    In his address the Prime Minister said ‘we’re now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron and we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection

    People queuing outside the Saint Thomas vaccination centre in Westminster as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces tougher Covid restrictions

    People queuing outside the Saint Thomas vaccination centre in Westminster as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces tougher Covid restrictions

    The Prime Minister’s full speech

    ‘Over the past year we have shown that vaccination is the key to beating Covid and that it works.

    ‘The UK was the first country in the world to administer a vaccine, we delivered the fastest rollout in Europe and we begun the fastest booster campaign too with over half a million jabs delivered yesterday alone.

    ‘These achievements made possible by the extraordinary efforts of our NHS, including thousands of GPs and volunteer vaccinators have literally saved countless lives and livelihoods in this country.

    ‘But I need to speak to you this evening because I’m afraid we’re now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron and we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe.

    ‘Earlier today the UK’s four chief medical officers raised the Covid alert level to fourit’s second highest level- because of the evidence that Omicron is doubling here in the UK every two to three days.

    ‘We know from bitter experience how these exponential curves develop. No one should be in any doubt there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming and I’m afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need.

    ‘But the good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dosea booster dosewe can all bring our level of protection back up.

    ‘I know there will be some people watching who will be asking whether Omicron is less severe than previous variants and whether we really need to go out and get that booster and the answer is yes we do.

    ‘Do not make the mistake of thinking Omicron can’t hurt you, can’t make you and your loved ones seriously ill. We’ve already seen hospitalisations doubling in a week in South Africa and we have patients with Omicron in hospital here in the UK right now.

    ‘At this point our scientists cannot say that Omicron is less severe and even if that proved to be true we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of Omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our NHS and lead sadly to very many deaths. So we must act now.

    ‘Today we’re launching the Omicron emergency booster national mission unlike anything we’ve done before in the vaccination programme to get boosted now.

    ‘A fortnight ago I said we would offer every eligible adult a booster by the end of January. Today in light of this Omicron emergency I’m bringing that target forward by a whole month.

    ‘Everyone eligible aged and over in England will have the chance to get their booster before the New Year.

    ‘And we’ve spoken today to devolved administrations to confirm the UK government will provide additional support to accelerate vaccinations in Scotland,웨일즈와 북 아일랜드.

    ‘To hit the pace we need, we’ll need to match the NHS’s best vaccination day yet – and then beat it day after day.

    ‘This will require an extraordinary effort.And as we focus on boosters and make this new target achievable, it will mean some other appointments will need to be postponed until the New Year.

    ‘But if we don’t do this now, the wave of Omicron could be so big that cancellations and disruptions, like the loss of cancer appointments, would be even greater next year. And I know the pressures on everyone in our NHS – from our GPs, doctors and nurses to our porters – all of whom have worked incredibly hard and we thank them for the amazing job they have done.

    ‘But I say directly to those of you on the front line, I must ask you to make another extraordinary effort now, so we can protect you and your colleagues – and above all your patientsfrom even greater pressures next year.

    ‘So from tomorrow in England, we are opening up the booster to every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.

    ‘The NHS Booking System will be open for these younger age groups from Wednesday, and that’s the best way to guarantee your slot, but in some places you can walk in from tomorrow.

    ‘We will also assist this emergency operation by deploying 42 military planning teams across every region, standing up additional vaccine sites and mobile units, extending opening hours so clinics are open 7 days a week, with more appointments early in the morning, in the evening, and at weekends, and training thousands more volunteer vaccinators.

    ‘And we’ll set out further steps in the days ahead. It’s because of the threat from Omicron that I announced on Wednesday we will move to plan B in England.

    ‘You must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. From tomorrow, work from home if you can.

    ‘And from Wednesday, subject to a vote in parliament, you’ll need to show a negative lateral flow test to get into nightclubs and some large events if you’re not double vaccinated.

    ‘These measures will help slow the spread of Omicron. But we must go further and get boosted now.

    ‘If you haven’t yet had a vaccine at all, then please get yourself at least some protection with a jab as quickly as possible.

    ‘If you’ve already had your booster, encourage your friends and family to do the same.

    ‘We’re a great country. we have the vaccines to protect our people so let’s do it. Let’s get boosted now. Get boosted now for yourself, for your friends and our family. Get boosted now to protect jobs and livelihoods across this country. Get boosted now to protect our NHS, our freedoms and our way of life.

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    ‘Do not make the mistake of thinking Omicron can’t hurt you, can’t make you and your loved ones seriously ill. We’ve already seen hospitalisations doubling in a week in South Africa and we have patients with Omicron in hospital here in the UK right now.

    ‘At this point our scientists cannot say that Omicron is less severe and even if that proved to be true we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of Omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our NHS and lead sadly to very many deaths.

    Mr Johnson also said if action was not taken now ‘the wave of Omicron could be so big that cancellations and disruptions, like the loss of cancer appointments, would be even greater next year.

    The Prime Minister added: ‘A fortnight ago I said we would offer every eligible adult a booster by the end of January. Today in light of this Omicron emergency I’m bringing that target forward by a whole month.

    ‘Everyone eligible aged and over in England will have the chance to get their booster before the New Year.

    ‘And we’ve spoken today to devolved administrations to confirm the UK government will provide additional support to accelerate vaccinations in Scotland, 웨일즈와 북 아일랜드.

    ‘To hit the pace we need, we’ll need to match the NHS’s best vaccination day yet – and then beat it day after day.

    ‘This will require an extraordinary effort. And as we focus on boosters and make this new target achievable, it will mean some other appointments will need to be postponed until the New Year.

    ‘But if we don’t do this now, the wave of Omicron could be so big that cancellations and disruptions, like the loss of cancer appointments, would be even greater next year.

    ‘And I know the pressures on everyone in our NHS – from our GPs, doctors and nurses to our porters – all of whom have worked incredibly hard and we thank them for the amazing job they have done.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘We’re a great country. we have the vaccines to protect our people so let’s do it.

    ‘Let’s get boosted now. Get boosted now for yourself, for your friends and our family. Get boosted now to protect jobs and livelihoods across this country. Get boosted now to protect our NHS, our freedoms and our way of life.

    The address to the nation came after the UK Covid alert level was raised following a rapid increase in the number of Omicron cases being recorded.

    The country’s four chief medical officers and NHS England’s national medical director recommended to ministers that the UK go up to Level 4 from Level 3 after a further 1,239 confirmed cases of the mutant strain were recorded across the country as of Sunday.

    That brings the total number of UK cases of Omicron to 3,137, ㅏ 65 per cent increase from Saturday’s total of 1,898 사례.

    수평 4 is one step below the most severe Level 5. It means coronavirus is ‘in general circulation, transmission is high and direct Covid-19 pressure on healthcare services is widespread and substantial or rising’.

    Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi revealed yesterday that there were now patients with Omicron being treated in UK hospitals but health bosses said there was yet to be a confirmed Omicron-linked death.

    The booster announcement came as Mr Johnson braces for a Tory rebellion in the House of Commons on Tuesday when MPs are due to vote on his ‘Plan B’ Redfern 씨는 다음과 같이 말했습니다..

    Labour has said it will vote for the new curbs which include rolling out vaccine passports for nightclubs and large indoor events, making face masks compulsory in most indoor public settings and advising people to work from home.

    But the new restrictions have prompted Tory fury with ‘at least’ 60 Conservative MPs said to be planning to rebel to vote against the package.

    Labour support means ‘Plan Bwill be agreed by the Commons even if there is a sizeable Tory revolt but should such a rebellion take place it would be the largest of Mr Johnson’s premiership to date and would represent a hammer blow to his authority.

    Mr Johnson said that from today in England the booster programme will be open to all adults who have had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.

    The Government announced yesterday afternoon that 1,196 additional cases of the Omicron variant had been identified in England, taking the total to 2,953.

    그 동안에, 있었다 38 confirmed cases in Scotland, 어디 159 cases of the Omicron variant have now been confirmed.

    In Wales, 15 confirmed cases have been reported, but there were no additional cases in the past 24 시간, and in Northern Ireland, there were five additional cases, taking the total there to 10.

    The Government said that as of 9am on Sunday there had been a further 48,854 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK overall.

    It also said a further 52 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

    The UK’s chief medical officersEngland’s CMO Professor Chris Whitty, Northern Ireland’s Sir Michael McBride, Scotland’s Professor Gregor Smith, and WalesDr Frank Atherton, along with NHS England’s national medical director Professor Stephen Powissaid the alert level needed to rise because of the ‘rapid increase in Omicron cases’.

    그들은 말했다: ‘Transmission of COVID-19 is already high in the community, mainly still driven by Delta, but the emergence of Omicron adds additional and rapidly increasing risk to the public and healthcare services.

    ‘Early evidence shows that Omicron is spreading much faster than Delta and that vaccine protection against symptomatic disease from Omicron is reduced.

    Kyna Bigornia receives her Pfizer Covid-19 booster injection at a vaccination site in Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, 이스트 런던, as the government accelerates the booster programme

    Kyna Bigornia receives her Pfizer Covid-19 booster injection at a vaccination site in Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, 이스트 런던, as the government accelerates the booster programme

    People queue outside Northumbria University's Coach Lane Campus NHS vaccination centre tonight for their booster jabs

    People queue outside Northumbria University’s Coach Lane Campus NHS vaccination centre tonight for their booster jabs

    Figures show that a total of 23,124,829 - 40.2 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK - have now received a booster jab but the rollout will now need to rapidly increase in order to meet the target

    Figures show that a total of 23,124,829 – 40.2 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UKhave now received a booster jab but the rollout will now need to rapidly increase in order to meet the target

    Models by London School of Tropical Health and Medicine show the projected path of the Omicron Covid wave in the UK with if lockdown measures are reintroduced. This worst case scenario assumed that boosters do not provide high protection against Omicron and there is a large number of vaccine evading infections

    Models by London School of Tropical Health and Medicine show the projected path of the Omicron Covid wave in the UK with if lockdown measures are reintroduced. This worst case scenario assumed that boosters do not provide high protection against Omicron and there is a large number of vaccine evading infections

    ‘Data on severity will become clearer over the coming weeks but hospitalisations from Omicron are already occurring and these are likely to increase rapidly.

    The health experts said that ‘when vaccine protection is reduced in the way that is happening with Omicron it is essential to top up that protection with a booster’.

    ‘Both booster vaccines (화이자와 모더 나) increase the immune response substantially and show good effectiveness although with some reduction compared to Delta,’ 그들은 말했다.

    ‘The NHS is currently under pressure mainly driven by non-COVID pressures. With a variant spreading with increased transmissibility and reduced vaccine effectiveness, we are likely to see this pressure rise soon.

    ‘It is extremely important that if you are eligible, you get your COVID vaccination now – whether this be your first, second or booster dose.

    ‘People should continue take sensible precautions including ventilating rooms, using face coverings, testing regularly and isolating when symptomatic.

    Mr Zahawi painted a grim picture of the spread of the mutant strain as he said it now accounts for one third of all cases in London.

    He described the emergence of Omicron as a ‘huge bump in the roadas the nation tries to recover from the pandemic, with cases of the variant doubling every two to three days.

    Mr Zahawi warned that the actual number of cases of Omicron is likely to be ‘up to 10 타임스’ higher than the confirmed number.

    The Cabinet minister said 20million booster jabs have already been administered and ‘it is now a race to get all adults who are eligible for their booster jabs to be boosted as quickly as possible’.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘As Patrick Vallance said at the press conference, we are transitioning this virus from pandemic to endemic but there are big bumps in the road and this is a big bump, a huge bump in the road, in the sense that we now have a variant that is so infectious that it will dominate and of course exponentially grow.

    The pleas to the nation to get booster jabs came as the PM faces a massive Tory rebellion when the House of Commons votes on his ‘Plan B’ 화요일에.

    The above map shows the ten areas that have the most confirmed and suspected Omicron cases in England, according to the UK Health Security Agency. West Northamptonshire is the country’s hotspot for the mutant strain, although eight in ten areas on the list are in London

    What are the Covid rules in England under plan B?

    WFH

    The return of work from home guidance. People will be told to work from home in England from Monday if they are able to.

    Face mask에스

    Face masks will be made compulsory in most public indoor venues including in cinemas and theatres from this Friday. They will not be required in pubs, restaurants and gyms.

    Vaccine passports

    The NHS Covid pass will be compulsory to gain access to nightclubs and other large venues where large crowds gather.

    This will apply to all unseated indoor venues with more than 500 사람들, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 사람들.

    Two vaccine doses will be treated as fully-vaccinated but this will be kept under review because of the booster programme.

    A negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient.

    This requirement will be rolled out in one week’s time to give businesses time to prepare.

    Contact testing

    Contacts of Omicron cases will be told to take daily coronavirus tests instead of having to self-isolate. They will have to quarantine if they test positive.

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    Tory MP Steve Baker yesterday accused Mr Johnson of ‘creating a miserable dystopiaby re-imposing coronavirus restrictions.

    Mr Baker lashed out at Mr Johnson and claimed ‘at least’ 60 Tory MPs will vote against the Government when they are asked to rubber-stamp the PM’s latest Covid curbs.

    하나, the PM’s crackdown will almost certainly be agreed by the House of Commons after Sir Keir Starmer confirmed the Labour Party will vote in favour of the new rules.

    Sir Keir said yesterday he believed the measures were ‘necessaryto counter the ‘great threatposed by the Omicron variant.

    He said Labour would act in the ‘public interestand support ‘Plan Bas he insisted he would resist calls to take ‘political advantageof the situation.

    Mr Johnson triggered his ‘Plan Blast week in a bid to buy the UK time in the fight against Omicron.

    Many Tory backbenchers have reacted with fury to the measures, with some having already pledged to vote against the moves.

    The decision to make vaccine passports compulsory for large venues has gone down particularly badly with backbenchers.

    The passes will need to be shown to gain access to indoor venues with more than 500 사람들, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people from Wednesday.

    The ‘Plan Bmeasures also include compulsory mask-wearing in most public indoor settings, as well as guidance for employees to work from home where they can.

    Scotland’s Deputy First Minster John Swinney yesterday confirmed the country was already considering bringing in new restrictions in the nation next week.

    It comes after Professor Eleanor Riley, a professor of immunology and infectious disease at the University of Edinburgh, said the variant is spreading so quickly in Britain everyone will come into contact with it ‘unless you’re a hermit’.

    Professor Riley warned ‘a lot of peoplecould still end up in hospital even if the strain proves to cause milder symptoms than Delta.

    Hospitals have already had to start shutting wards after detecting cases, with Raigmore Hospital in Inverness forced to close one of its units after a spike in infections.

    그 동안에, new rules on care homes have ‘almostreturned residents to the same conditions they were in a year ago, according to care leaders. Mr Gove yesterday announced care home resident will be banned from seeing more than three named visitors this winter in order to protect them from the vaccine-evading variant.

    While Covid booster jabs have been shown to be effective against Omicron, there are concerns that the millions of people who are yet to get their third inoculation could be unprotected against symptoms of the virus without it.

    Officials stress two doses should still offer high protection against severe illness but even a small drop in that could trigger a surge in hopsitalisations.

    Of the nearly 1,900 Omicron cases in the UK, 1,757 have been found in England, 121 were detected in Scotland, 15 were in Wales and five in Northern Ireland.

    The variant already makes up 30 per cent of new Covid cases in 런던, according to confidential data given to ministers.

    Stark projections show the super-mutant variant could become dominant within days, prompting concerns that Mr Johnson will have no choice but to hit the panic button once more.

    It comes as leaked advice from the UKHSA, sent to health secretary Sajid Javid, called for ‘stringent national measuresto be brought in by December 18.

    While No10 said there were no imminent plans for more restrictions when Plan B was announced this week, Mr Gove warned on Friday that the government had been shown ‘very challenging informationabout the speed of Omicron’s spread at a Cobra meeting.

    He hinted the Government was considering Plan C, 속담: ‘We need to keep everything under review.

    And the LSHTM modelling suggests that even under the most optimistic scenario — low immune escape of Omicron from vaccines and high effectiveness of booster jabs — a wave of infection is projected which could lead to a peak of more than 2,000 daily hospital admissions, 와 175,000 hospital admissions and 24,700 deaths between December 1 this year and April 30, 2022.

    This is if no additional control measures are implemented over and above the current Plan B introduced by the Government in England.

    The team said mask-wearing, working from home and booster jabs may not be enough, and predict a peak of daily hospital admissions of 2,400 1 월.

    In this scenario, bringing in control measures early in 2022 — such as restrictions on indoor hospitality, the closure of some entertainment venues and restrictions on how many people can gather in one place — would be sufficient to substantially control the wave, reducing hospital admissions by 53,000 and deaths by 7,600.

    Dr Rosanna Barnard, from LSHTM’s Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, who co-led the research, 말했다: ‘More data over the next few weeks will strengthen our knowledge on Omicron and the consequences of this on transmission in England.

    '하나, these early projections help guide our understanding about potential futures in a rapidly-evolving situation.

    ‘In our most optimistic scenario, the impact of Omicron in the early part of 2022 would be reduced with mild control measures such as working from home.

    '하나, our most pessimistic scenario suggests that we may have to endure more stringent restrictions to ensure the NHS is not overwhelmed. Mask-wearing, social distancing and booster jabs are vital, but may not be enough.

    ‘Nobody wants to endure another lockdown but last-resort measures may be required to protect health services if Omicron has a significant level of immune escape or otherwise increased transmissibility compared to Delta.

    ‘It is crucial for decision-makers to consider the wider societal impact of these measures, not just the epidemiology.

    ‘We are facing an emergency. Get boosted now’: Boris Johnson’s address to the nation in full

    보리스 존슨 warned that the UK is ‘facing an emergencyin the battle against the 오미크론 variant as he urged the country to ‘reinforce the wall of protectionand ‘get boosted now’.

    In his address to the nation tonight, the PM said the data was clear that two doses of the vaccine were ‘simply not enough to give the level of protection we all needbut scientists were confident a booster could bring levels of protection ‘back up’.

    Launching what he described as the ‘Omicron Emergency Boost’, Mr Johnson said everyone over the age of 18 would now be offered their booster before the New Year in an effort to halt the spread of the highly-transmissible strain.

    The PM’s address comes after the UK’s Covid alert level was raised from Level 3 to Level 4 after the UK reported another 1,239 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant – 의 증가 65 per cent over the past 24 시간.

    Today’s case numberswhich take the total number of Omicron cases in the UK to 3,137 – are the highest daily rise and more than double the previous record, which was set on Saturday when 633 new cases of the variant were reported.

    In his speech the PM said: ‘Over the past year we have shown that vaccination is the key to beating Covid and that it works.

    ‘The UK was the first country in the world to administer a vaccine, we delivered the fastest rollout in Europe and we begun the fastest booster campaign too with over half a million jabs delivered yesterday alone.

    ‘These achievements made possible by the extraordinary efforts of our NHS, including thousands of GPs and volunteer vaccinators have literally saved countless lives and livelihoods in this country.

    ‘But I need to speak to you this evening because I’m afraid we’re now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron and we must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe.

    ‘Earlier today the UK’s four chief medical officers raised the Covid alert level to fourit’s second highest level- because of the evidence that Omicron is doubling here in the UK every two to three days.

    ‘We know from bitter experience how these exponential curves develop. No one should be in any doubt there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming and I’m afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need.

    ‘But the good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dosea booster dosewe can all bring our level of protection back up.

    ‘I know there will be some people watching who will be asking whether Omicron is less severe than previous variants and whether we really need to go out and get that booster and the answer is yes we do.

    ‘Do not make the mistake of thinking Omicron can’t hurt you, can’t make you and your loved ones seriously ill. We’ve already seen hospitalisations doubling in a week in South Africa and we have patients with Omicron in hospital here in the UK right now.

    ‘At this point our scientists cannot say that Omicron is less severe and even if that proved to be true we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of Omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our NHS and lead sadly to very many deaths. So we must act now.

    Launching what he described as the ‘Omicron Emergency Boost’, Mr Johnson said that in order to deliver the necessary jabs by the end of the year ‘we’ll need to match the NHS’s best vaccination day yet – and then beat it day after day’.

    그는 계속했다: ‘Today we’re launching the Omicron emergency booster national mission unlike anything we’ve done before in the vaccination programme to get boosted now.

    ‘A fortnight ago I said we would offer every eligible adult a booster by the end of January. Today in light of this Omicron emergency I’m bringing that target forward by a whole month.

    ‘Everyone eligible aged and over in England will have the chance to get their booster before the New Year.

    ‘And we’ve spoken today to devolved administrations to confirm the UK government will provide additional support to accelerate vaccinations in Scotland,웨일즈와 북 아일랜드.

    ‘To hit the pace we need, we’ll need to match the NHS’s best vaccination day yet – and then beat it day after day.

    ‘This will require an extraordinary effort.And as we focus on boosters and make this new target achievable, it will mean some other appointments will need to be postponed until the New Year.

    ‘But if we don’t do this now, the wave of Omicron could be so big that cancellations and disruptions, like the loss of cancer appointments, would be even greater next year. And I know the pressures on everyone in our NHS – from our GPs, doctors and nurses to our porters – all of whom have worked incredibly hard and we thank them for the amazing job they have done.

    ‘But I say directly to those of you on the front line, I must ask you to make another extraordinary effort now, so we can protect you and your colleagues – and above all your patientsfrom even greater pressures next year.

    ‘So from tomorrow in England, we are opening up the booster to every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.

    ‘The NHS Booking System will be open for these younger age groups from Wednesday, and that’s the best way to guarantee your slot, but in some places you can walk in from tomorrow.

    Mr Johnson said everyone over the age of 18 would now be offered their booster before the New Year amid the rise in Omicron cases

    Mr Johnson said everyone over the age of 18 would now be offered their booster before the New Year amid the rise in Omicron cases

    In order to assist with the emergency operation the PM said military planning teams would be deployed across the region, and thousands more volunteer vaccinators would be trained.

    그는 덧붙였다: ‘We will also assist this emergency operation by deploying 42 military planning teams across every region, standing up additional vaccine sites and mobile units, extending opening hours so clinics are open 7 days a week, with more appointments early in the morning, in the evening, and at weekends, and training thousands more volunteer vaccinators.

    ‘And we’ll set out further steps in the days ahead. It’s because of the threat from Omicron that I announced on Wednesday we will move to plan B in England.

    ‘You must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. From tomorrow, work from home if you can.

    ‘And from Wednesday, subject to a vote in parliament, you’ll need to show a negative lateral flow test to get into nightclubs and some large events if you’re not double vaccinated.

    ‘These measures will help slow the spread of Omicron. But we must go further and get boosted now.

    ‘If you haven’t yet had a vaccine at all, then please get yourself at least some protection with a jab as quickly as possible.

    ‘If you’ve already had your booster, encourage your friends and family to do the same.

    ‘We’re a great country. we have the vaccines to protect our people so let’s do it. Let’s get boosted now. Get boosted now for yourself, for your friends and our family. Get boosted now to protect jobs and livelihoods across this country. Get boosted now to protect our NHS, our freedoms and our way of life.

    Covid chaos in South Africa as country finds 19,000 unrecorded cases making a record 37,000 new infections added today and leaving public clueless as to whether Omicron wave has peaked or not – and even the PRESIDENT has tested positive

    By David Averre for MailOnline

    남아프리카‘s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) today announced more than 19,000 positive Covid tests had previously gone unreported due to ‘IT challenges’.

    South Africa confirmed 18,035 new cases of Covid in the past 24 시간, but the total was bumped up to more than 37,000 to account for the positive tests not previously reported.

    ‘Today we report 37,875 새로운 케이스, [object Window] 19,840 retrospective cases & 18,035 새로운 케이스,’ the NICD said in a statement today, before calling out public laboratories it said were to blame for the unreported tests.

    ‘For the NICD to report quality and comprehensive data, the institute relies on test reports from both private and public laboratories to generate daily 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19 statistics.

    ‘The NICD was informed in the previous week that information technology (IT) challenges had been experienced by public sector laboratories, which have resulted in reporting delays.

    A member of the Western Cape Metro Emergency Medical Services vaccinates a woman, who cannot walk, in a car at a COVID 19 vaccination event in Manenberg on December 08, 2021 in Cape Town

    A member of the Western Cape Metro Emergency Medical Services vaccinates a woman, who cannot walk, in a car at a COVID 19 vaccination event in Manenberg on December 08, 2021 in Cape Town

    It comes as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for the virus today despite being fully vaccinated.

    Ramaphosa, 69, started feeling unwell and a test confirmed COVID-19, a statement from the presidency announced earlier today.

    He is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service, having delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.

    The statement didn’t say whether he had been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant, but confirmed he was experiencing ‘mildsymptoms and is being treated.

    Ramaphosa said his own infection serves as a caution to all people in South Africa to be vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure, a governmental statement said.

    The NICD also said there may be further revelations of unreported Covid cases in South Africa in the coming days due to data taking ‘longer to reflect’.

    ‘Some COVID-19 surveillance data may take longer to reflect on the national line list,’ the institute said.

    ‘We are committed to transparent reporting and will continue to update COVID-19 surveillance databases retrospectively as the impacted public laboratories remedy the existing IT difficulties.

    The news comes as a devastating blow to South African health authorities who said yesterday the spread of Covid and the new variant Omicron had slowed, while experts were positive about the relatively low rate of hospitalisations.

    Shabir Madhi, a professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, said that the infection rate had been much faster than any of the country’s previous three waves, but hospitalisations were remaining low relative to the number of cases.

    ‘Three weeks into resurgence, many adults and children testing SARS-CoV-2 [positive] 병원에서, but COVID hospitalisation remains low relative to community case rate,’ he wrote on Friday.

    He also said the death rate was low compared to when similar number of cases were being seen in previous waves.

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid today despite being fully vaccinated (pictured August 27, 2021)

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid today despite being fully vaccinated (pictured August 27, 2021)

    Using South Africa’s Gauteng provinceits Omicron ground-zeroas an example, he said the likely explanation of the low death rate was that 73 percent the region’s population was either vaccinated or previously infected, giving T-cell immunity. The majority of those hospitalised with severe Covid, 그는 말했다, are vaccinated.

    ‘Government response correctly remains measured by not increasing restrictions and not panicking with increase in cases, but seem to rather focusing on COVID (excluding coincidental Ix) hospitalisation and health facility capacity,’ 그는 말했다.

    After a period of low transmission of about 200 new cases per day in early November, South Africa COVID-19 cases began rising dramatically.

    Omicron appears to be highly transmissible and has quickly become dominant in the country, but the majority of cases appear to be relatively mild and the percentage of severe cases needing oxygen have been low, say doctors.

    그 동안에, researches in Israel announced today that a third booster jab of the 화이자/BioNTech vaccine provides significant protection against the new 오미크론 변종.

    연구, carried out by Sheba Medical Centre and the Health Ministry’s Central Virology Laboratory, compared the blood of 20 people who had received two vaccine doses 5-6 months earlier to the same number of individuals who had received a booster a month before.

    Gili Regev-Yochay, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Sheba, 말했다: ‘People who received the second dose 5 또는 6 months ago do not have any neutralisation ability against the Omicron. While they do have some against the Delta strain.

    ‘The good news is that with the booster dose it increases about a hundred fold. There is a significant protection of the booster dose.

    But Regev-Yochay also admitted that the booster is still less effective in protecting against Omicron versus the Delta variant.

    ‘It is lower than the neutralisation ability against the Delta, about four times lower,’ 그녀가 말했다.

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