An announcement about possible new Covid restrictions could be made on Boxing Day, according to reports.
The Sunday Times has claimed that December 26 was intended for a government update on further measures to address the rise of the Omicron variant across the country.
The measures could begin as of December 27, they say, reports the Daily Star.
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It is understood that three options are currently being considered, including a two-week circuit breaker lockout, which would bring the rule of six back and ban indoor mixing.
Pubs and restaurants would only be allowed to serve customers abroad as cases under these possible changes.
So far, the plans have not been officially confirmed, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold a cabinet meeting today at 2pm.
Appearing on the latest episode of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that the pandemic had made it clear that decision makers could not give any guarantees.
After being suggested that he would not rule out new restrictions before Christmas, Javid said: “I don’t think there are any guarantees in this pandemic.
“At this point, we just have to keep everything under review.”
It is also understood that Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has not ruled out demanding further restrictions.
It comes after 90,418 daily Covid cases were reported on Saturday and Omicron cases jumped another 10,059 to 24,968 in total.
Sage members have reportedly told the government that waiting until after Christmas to impose the Covid measures is not an option if they want to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.
The group expects more than 3,000 hospitalizations a day as of January, with infections and deaths increasing daily.
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