Leaked minutes of a SAGE meeting reveal when a two-week lockdown could begin, the reports suggest.
Earlier today, it was reported that the government had drawn up plans for a two-week “circuit breaker” lockout.
The move is aimed at curbing the spread of the Omicron variant, which is increasing in Cheshire and across the UK.
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However, it has now been reported that such measures would occur between Christmas and New Years.
MailOnline has reported the contents of the minutes, suggesting that any lockdown could begin between December 27 and 30.
“The timing of such action is crucial,” SAGE warned in the meeting minutes, StaffordshireLive reports.
The advisory body added: “Delaying until 2022 would greatly reduce the effectiveness of such interventions and make it less likely that they will avoid considerable pressure on health and care settings.”
A government spokesperson said: “The government will continue to closely monitor all emerging data and we will keep our measures under review as we learn more about this variant.”
The Welsh government said it will close nightclubs from December 27 and impose a two-meter social distance rule at offices.
But it remains to be seen if the circuit breaker starts the same day in England.
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The UK registered more than 90,000 new cases on Friday.
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chairman of the NHS Confederation, has described the modeling leaked by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) as “very concerning”.
He said: “The fact is that we should take the precautionary principle. We should protect our NHS and our public services. We have no economy without health.”
“In fact, I have a lot of faith in the British public. They have been impeccable, in general.”