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‘We’ve been here before’ – Boris admits incoming Covid ‘storm’ could ruin Christmas again

Covid: ONS data suggests 1 in 50 have virus in the UK

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The Prime Minister warned the public that “we’ve been here before” – referring to the spike in cases that occurred last year in the leadup to Christmas. This comes as Britain’s daily Covid cases rose by nearly a fifth today, with the Department of Health reporting another 40,375 infections across the UK over the past 24 hours.

This marks the second day in a row that cases have risen week-on-week, bringing an end to almost two weeks of falling infections.

In response to the rising cases, Mr Johnson urged the British public to get their booster vaccines as a matter of “urgency”.

On a visit to a pharmacy in South London, the prime minister warned there were “storm clouds” gathering over the continent that could hit Britain next, referring to Europe’s rising covid cases.

He said: “I’ve got to be absolutely frank with people, we’ve been here before – and we remember what happens when a wave starts rolling in.”

“What I’m saying today is the urgency of getting that booster jab is more evident than ever.

“If you can get it, it’s a great thing, the levels of protection it gives you are terrific and so over-50s, who we’re calling forward, should come and get it.”

“What I’m also saying is that if we don’t do it fast enough, we can see the potential risks to the state of the pandemic in what’s happening in other parts of Europe.”

As of yesterday, 11.4million people in the UK – just over a sixth of the population – had received the booster jab, while 45.9 million people had received two doses.

Earlier this week, Tim Spector, a king’s college epidemiologist, suggested that Covid disruptions could last for another five Christmases, warning that Britain was becoming “too complacent”.

Speaking at an online conference for the Royal Society of Medicine’s Covid-19 series, Prof Spector said: “We have to keep some public health measures in place to keep those numbers down – we’re not doing that.”

“And that’s why for the last three months, we’ve had the highest rates not only of cases but also hospitalisations in western Europe.

“And I think it’s pretty unwise for a country that has such a perilous health system – even at this stage about 7 percent of hospital beds full of Covid – at a time when we’ve got massive other health needs.

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“So we’re not doing enough, we are too complacent.”

The government has so far said there will not be another Christmas lockdown, with the prime minister insisting that it is “very much not the plan”.

But last year, the government waited until December 20 to announce that the planned relaxation of lockdown rules over the Christmas period would not be going ahead.

However, despite the warnings, hospital cases are no longer rising.

According to the latest data, there were 993 Covid admissions on November 8 – 7 percent lower than the figure the previous week.

Another 145 coronavirus deaths were also registered today, which marks a 25 percent decrease compared to last Friday.

However, just today Independent SAGE demanded the Government activate its winter “Plan B” to protect the NHS.

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