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‘Beginning of end’ for Covid as Johnson ‘made right call’ with no Covid restrictions move

Covid: 'Beginning of the end' for pandemic says Sikora

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Oncologist Karol Sikora suggested the COVID-19 pandemic could be a thing of the past in a trice as hospital admissions are staying flat. But as Prof Sikora acknowledged that there has already been a marked improvement since the start of the pandemic, he said that the disease itself may never really fizzle out. He warned people to get on with its existence which has now become part and parcel of life.

Talking to GB News, he also predicted the Omicron outbreak is already receding despite a staggering 321,036 infections in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

He said: “I think this is the beginning of the end of Covid.

“It’s beginning to like us, to want to be endemic, for us to live with it and for it to live with us.

“That’s the only way out of this.

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“The numbers were released at four o’clock [yesterday].

“And you look at them and the number of people in hospital to the Covid positive is around 8,000.

“And it has been plateauing for the last two months but there’s no surge.

“Sure, there is a surge in the numbers frightening high with Omicron but it’s now beginning to go down

Boris Johnson attends Covid-19 data briefing

“Sure, there is a surge in the numbers frightening high with Omicron but it’s now beginning to go down [even] if the last three days are difficult because the testing has not been completely correct.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s refusal to copy the rest of the UK by legally enforcing new restrictions for England has also been welcomed by Mr Sikora, who said that it “made sense” in light of the slowing statistics.

He said: “I think holding back the call not to do something that Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are doing is a tremendous gesture.

“Okay, it’s partly political but it makes sense with the numbers but I think it’s all good news and Boris made the right call.”

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Hugely discouraging data from the NHS showed that 113,628 people tested positive for Covid in the UK on Christmas Day, 108,893 on Boxing Day, and 98,515 by 5 pm yesterday.

But after waving away Sage’s desperate appeals for a new crackdown last week, Mr Johnson again turned the option down, despite a record number of new infections on Christmas Day.

Mr Johnson’s decision not to implement stricter rules in England, despite the steep spike in infections, sparked fury in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales where people feel that it took a lot less for their respective First Ministers to pull the trigger and put new measures in place.

Regulations, which undoubtedly impacted people’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On Monday, Mr Johnson tweeted: “We will continue to monitor the data carefully, but there will be no new restrictions introduced in England before the New Year. 

“However, I would urge everyone to continue to act cautiously given the rising number of Omicron cases. 

“Most importantly I urge everyone to get their first, second, or booster jab without delay to protect yourselves and your loved ones.”

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