Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a decision on whether Christmas will be ‘cancelled’ by December 18.
At the time of writing, the UK has seen more than 10.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 146,000 deaths. Recent concerns over the feasibility of usual festivities have been stoked by the emergence of the Omicron variant, with 26 additional cases taking the country’s total to 160, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
Last year, Christmas plans were upended when the government u-turned on certain restrictions being eased within a matter of days. Naturally, this has people fearing a similar move in the coming weeks.
The PM will come to a decision on whether to allow the UK to proceed with a normal Christmas by December 18, as per The Times.
In a bid to curb the spread of the virus and the potential impact of the Omicron variant, the government opened up booster jabs to all adults, rather than only over-50s, people in care homes, frontline health and social care workers and vulnerable people between 16 and 49.
The public appear to be taking heed of the government’s urges, with more than one million people booking an appointment for a third dose this week, and 3.6 million people already booked in for their booster jabs this month.
The UK has also tightened its international travel rules ahead of Christmas. From 4am on Tuesday, December 7, all travellers over the age of 12 will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of their arrival in the UK, regardless of their vaccination status.
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