Christmas lockdown: Ranvir Singh discusses possibility
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Since then, the UK has had one of the fastest vaccination programmes. Almost the entire population has had its first dose and 68.9 percent of the population are fully vaccinated. Covid Omicron variant, first discovered in South Africa less than a week ago is threatening to derail the good work done by the vaccine ; that is now being offered as a booster. Since the Omicron variant was discovered and categorised a variant of concern, scientists have been trying to understand how transmissible it is and whether it can evade some of the protection conferred by vaccines
The early evidence suggests that Omicron is more transmissible than the dominant Delta variant and causes different symptoms to previous variants such as intense fatigue and a high heart rate.
One of the symptoms of the Omicron variant is severe fatigue (Image: Getty Images)
However, this still leaves some questions unanswered, such as how, if we do have a Christmas that we make it a safe Christmas, not just for us, but for closest family members?
Alongside this, Mr McDermott suggests that to be extra safe we should, "Reduce contact with large numbers of strangers not wearing masks indoors".
Examples of this include:
Will there be another Christmas lockdown (Image: Getty Images)
This means there is not yet enough data to be able to ascertain whether Omicron is a big enough threat to overrun the current range of vaccines or whether it's increased transmissibility will cause other nations to lockdown.
What the Omicron variant has done is cause nations to implement travel bans in order to protect themselves from the virus entering its borders. Countries such as Japan and Israel for example have closed their borders to all foreigners.
Britain’s Covid Winter Plan (Image: Daily Express)
Furthermore, travellers returning to the UK from overseas will also have to take a mandatory PCR test and self-isolate for ten days if they test positive, regardless of their vaccination status.
The government is also expanding its booster programme to include all adults under the age of 40 and the minimum gap between getting your second dose and your booster is to be reduced from six months to three.
As we approach December and the festive period the nation and the scientists who guide our Covid response will be hoping that this Christmas won't turn out to be a repeat of, 'last Christmas'.
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