UK raises COVID-19 alert level to 4 as Omicron advances

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An individual sporting private protecting gear (PPE) walks outdoors St Thomas’ Hospital because the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, December 12, 2021. Photograph: Reuters
  • UK raises COVID-19 alert stage as Omicron continues to unfold.
  • With 146,439 fatalities recorded inside 28 days of a constructive COVID-19 take a look at as of Sunday, Britain has Europe’s highest loss of life toll from virus.
  • Booster programme should go sooner as a result of scientists don’t but know if Omicron is much less extreme than different variants, says PM Boris Johnson.

LONDON: Britain has raised its COVID-19 alert stage to 4, from stage three, in response to the fast unfold of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

This was on the advice of the nation’s chief medical officers.

“Early proof reveals that Omicron is spreading a lot sooner than Delta and that vaccine safety in opposition to symptomatic illness from Omicron is lowered,” the federal government mentioned in a press release.

The improve to stage 4 means the well being authorities suppose that the charges of transmission are excessive and placing stress on healthcare companies.

Final week Johnson launched “Plan B” COVID-19 measures for England, ordering individuals to earn a living from home, put on masks in public locations and use vaccine passes to sluggish the unfold of Omicron.

The seven-day common of COVID instances by date reported has risen in latest days above 50,000 – the best because the January peak over the past wave of instances.

With 146,439 fatalities recorded inside 28 days of a constructive COVID-19 take a look at as of Sunday, Britain has Europe’s highest loss of life toll from the virus.

UK’s Johnson warns of Omicron ‘tidal wave’, says two doses not sufficient

Britain faces a “tidal wave” of the Omicron variant of coronavirus and two vaccine doses won’t be sufficient to comprise it, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Sunday, as he accelerated the booster rollout programme.

Talking hours after authorities scientists lifted the COVID alert stage to four on a 5-point scale, Johnson mentioned the booster programme should go sooner as a result of scientists didn’t but know if Omicron was much less extreme than different variants.

“A tidal wave of Omicron is coming,” Johnson mentioned in televised assertion on Sunday night. “And I am afraid it’s now clear that two doses of vaccine are merely not sufficient to provide the extent of safety all of us want.”

He added that scientists knew Omicron was far more transmissible and that the Nationwide Well being Service would battle to deal with hospitalisations if the variant had been to tear by an un-boosted inhabitants.

“Everybody eligible aged 18 and over in England can have the prospect to get their booster earlier than the New 12 months,” he mentioned.