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Covid LIVE: Boris ready to enforce new lockdown rules over Christmas as Omicron erupts

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Covid officials have modelled the economic impact of urging people to work from home over the Christmas and New Year period and vaccine passports may be introduced, according to The Telegraph. The tough restrictions would be implemented to quell the spread of the worrying new variant, Omicron, which is making its way through communities. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told ministers yesterday that it was spreading quicker than the deadly Delta variant currently dominant in the UK.

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Omicron doubling every two days

Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London and the Zoe Covid app, has warned that Omicron cases are doubling every two days.He said the current testing is missing a lot of cases from the new variant and he believes its at least 1,000 to 2,000, at a guess, at the moment.He said: “So if you do your maths – assume it’s 1,000 at the moment, and it’s going to be doubling every two days, you can see that those numbers are going to be pretty high in about 10 days’ time.”

His estimates are thought to come from data from the UK Health Security Agency, which shows a rapid increase in the proportion of PCR tests with a marker of Omicron.

Professor Alastair Grant has access to the confidential data and estimated that there had been about 2,500 cases since November 20. By December 4, 2 percent of positive cases were showing Omicron, equivalent to 857 infections. Given this speed, there are probably now more than a thousand infections each day.

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