Boris Johnson announcement – Watch LIVE as Omicron variant forces PM to address nation over Frankenstein covid strain

Boris Johnson announcement – Watch LIVE as Omicron variant forces PM to address nation over Frankenstein covid strain

BORIS Johnson is addressing the nation now in the wake of growing fears about the Frankenstein Omicron covid variant.

The PM is currently holding a Downing St press conference to update the public and present Britain's battle plan against the Omicron variant.

He is also setting out how the booster jabs programme will be ramped up in an effort to prevent more restrictions over Christmas.

He is expected to set a target of delivering 3.5 million top up shots a week – a million more than the current capacity.

And he will also defend the return of restrictions like mask wearing and isolation, vowing to review them in three weeks' time.

Read our Omicron live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    Supply issues for boosters

    Amanda Pritchard has confirmed there are no supply issues with hitting the target and there shouldn't be any issues.

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    Huge progress

    The Health Secretary said: "We have made so much progress over the year, weakened the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths, real word protection that vaccination provides.

    "Boosters play a huge part – it's more important than ever than people step up and get protected."

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    Significant pressure at winter

    The NHS are trying to deal with the current backlogs and are aware that this will be a 'difficult winter'.

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    The guidance remains the same

    Boris Johnson was asked why we will not be having to wear masks everywhere.

    He replied by saying that he wanted to maintain a balance and proportionate response.

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    Boris will get his jab Thursday

    Amid his rallying cry to get every adult signed up for their booster jab, Boris said: "The best way to show our grit is to do our bit and step forward when time comes for the booster.

    "I'm getting mine on Thursday – when your turn comes get it and ask your friends and family to do the same."

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    Dose increase from 2.5 million to 3.5 million

    The PM said he would be "throwing everything" at the mutant variant, which has left scientists all around the world concerned.

    Speaking to the nation he outlined aims to put rocket boosters under the programme and increase the number of doses administered every week from 2.5 million to 3.5 million.

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    "We will let you know when it is your turn"

    It has been advised not to try and book if you are not eligible.

    You will be contacted when it is your turn.

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    Fourth jabs for the most vulnerable

    It has been confirmed that a fourth jab will be on offer to those that are the most vulnerable including patients currently going through Chemotherapy.

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    National mission

    "We all have a role to play" Sajid Javid has stated if we want to give ourselves the best chance of having a Christmas with family and friends.

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    Get the booster jab

    The best way we can protect our defensive wall is to get as many booster jabs into the arms of people.

    The dose interval will be reduced from 6 moths to three months.

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    Sajid Javid has thanked NHS

    Sajid Javid has started by saying how well they have done with the vaccine roll outand that the booster roll out will hopefully follow in the footsteps.

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    Getting behind the NHS

    Boris Johnson has said "on behalf of the entire country we thank you for all their best efforts."

    "We can do our bit to step forward and get that booster."

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    The army have been called in

    The PM will deploy at least 400 military personnel to help with the effort.

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    'We will be throwing everything at it'

    We want to ramp up capacity to the levels we have achieved in the previous vaccination effort.

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    Our best signal defence is to get vaccinated and boosted

    Boris Johnson has said the aim is to offer a booster jab to everyone eligible by January.

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    Press conference will be a few minutes late

    There has been a slight delay to the conference taking place.

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    Total cases rise

    The total amount of Omicron cases in England have risen to 13 now.

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    News briefing to come soon

    Boris Johnson will be giving his announcement shortly.

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    Covid booster eligibility

    You don’t have to wait until the six-month mark to book, as the NHS is sending invitations to arrive at five months after the second dose.

    People who will be invited for a booster include:

    • people aged 40 and over
    • people who live and work in care homes
    • frontline health and social care workers
    • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid
    • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid
    • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

    Over 18’s can get the booster

    Those over the age of 18 and will be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant.

    Millions more people in the UK will become eligible for a third booster dose after early evidence suggested that higher antibody levels may protect better against the variant.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is now advising that all adults aged 18 to 39 should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, to increase their level of protection. Those aged 40 and over are already eligible for a booster vaccine.

    Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after people have had their second dose of an original vaccine – shaving three months off the current six-month wait, according to the JCVI.

    In further advice, young people aged 12 to 15 should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.

    Omicron – See if it is near you

    The new variant is gradually spreading throughout the UK after a global alarm was raised.

    • Cases have been found in Scotland with a further three added this morning .
    • There are 14 cases in total across the UK.
    • They are scattered within Lanarkshire and the Glasgow area.
    • England has got five confirmed cases, with three found in the capital.
    • One, in Westminster, came from a person who has since left the country, and the other two are isolating in Camden and Wandsworth.
    • Another two cases in England have been reported in Nottingham and Brentwood, Essex.

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      Italy's death toll

      Italy reported 65 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday against 47 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 7,975 from 12,932.

      Italy has registered 133,739 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth-highest in the world. The country has reported 5.02 million cases to date.

      Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 5,135 on Monday, up from 4,964 a day earlier.

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      Travel restrictions

      International travel rules have also been tightened in a bid to stem the spread of Omicron.

      Ten more countries were placed on the red list, with only British or Irish citizens and UK residents allowed to enter the UK from these destinations.

      Anyone doing so must quarantine in a Government hotel for 10 days upon arrival in the UK.

      Passengers arriving in the UK from non-red list countries after 4am today must take a day-two PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result.

      And self-isolation rules will be brought back for contacts of people who test positive for Omicron.

      Those who have been in touch with someone who gets the new variant will have to self-quarantine for 10 days even if they're vaccinated.

      The new curbs are set to be reviewed after three weeks as scientists scramble to learn more about Omicron.

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      What protection should you have at work?

      According to government guidance, employers should:

      • Complete a Covid-19 risk assessment, and share it with all staff.
      • Clean more often, especially surfaces that people touch a lot. Staff and customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
      • Remind visitors to wear face coverings where the law says they must.
      • Make sure everyone can maintain social distancing, for example putting up signs or introducing a one-way system.
      • Provide adequate ventilation by supplying fresh air to enclosed space where people are present. For example via windows, doors and vents, mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts, or a combination of both.
      • Take part in NHS Test and Trace.
      • Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away.
      • Arrange work spaces to keep staff apart.
      • Reduce face-to-face meetings.
      • Reduce crowding.

      Your employer does owe a duty of care to you and other members of staff.

      WFH rules?

      The rule to work from home was scrapped in the summer meaning people are not required to at the moment.

      However, some experts have called on the government to implement its Plan B to tackle the spread of Covid-19 – which includes the return of face coverings, working from home and vaccine passports.

      From Tuesday, November 30, it is once again compulsory to wear a face mask when visiting some public spaces including shops, hairdressers, nail salons and when using public transport.

      Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the country is “nowhere near” reintroducing working from home or social distancing measures to combat coronavirus. However, some companies are still allowing their employees to work from home, while others are implementing a mix of WFH and office work.

      Mr Javid told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “We know now those types of measures do carry a very heavy price, both economically, socially, in terms of non-Covid health outcomes such as impact on mental health. So, if one was to make decisions like that they would have to be done very, very carefully and we’re not there yet, we’re nowhere near that.”

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