Christmas lockdown UK latest: Sajid Javid warns Government can't rule out Omicron restrictions coming in before December 25
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Health Secretary warns Government can’t rule out new COVID restrictions before Christmas

Omicron cases continue to soar

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Sajid Javid has indicated there are “no guarantees” in the latest news concerning a Christmas lockdown for the UK.

The Health Secretary refused to rule out further Omicron restrictions next week – despite Boris Johnson reportedly resisting lockdown among his ‘Plan C’ options.

Reports yesterday (December 18) suggested plans for a two-week circuit breaker after December 25 are being drawn up.

However, Mr Javid insisted nothing could be ruled out when asked if curbs could be introduced sooner.

Christmas lockdown UK latest: The PM reportedly 'favours guidance over lockdown'
Christmas lockdown UK latest: The PM reportedly ‘favours guidance over lockdown’ (Credit: Sky News YouTube)

Christmas lockdown latest

Speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Javid said: “There are no guarantees in this pandemic.

“At this point we just have to keep everything under review.”

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He added: “We are assessing the situation, it’s very fast-moving. We’ve seen with Omicron there’s a lot that we still don’t know about Omicron.

“That’s the truth of the matter. The reality is there’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Saji Javid on the Christmas lockdown UK latest
Sajid Javid appeared on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

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The Health Secretary, encouraging people to get a third jab, also warned it was “time to be more cautious” as he urged everyone to test regularly.

However, he also said it is up to individuals themselves to decide how to socialise ahead of Christmas Day.

“We know this thing is spreading rapidly,” Mr Javid continued. “We know already now that in London, it’s around 80% of infections. In England it’s around 60% of infections.”

What could happen if there is Christmas lockdown in the UK?

The Prime Minister insisted on Friday (December 17): “We are not closing things down.”

However, according to reports, a ban on indoor mixing is possible under circuit-breaker curbs.

Furthermore, leaked minutes reportedly have indicated SAGE scientists believe more stringent measures are needed “very soon”.

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