UK unveils curbs as Omicron increases grip

Report By Anam Sami

As the United Kingdom (UK) reels under the rapid grip of Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Boris Johnson Government has introduced tougher restrictions this week. These curbs have been framed keeping in mind the spread of Omicron in that country. In fact, British lawmakers have already approved these new restrictions to curb the spread of the omicron variant.

Restrictions in place to control Omicron variant

It is worthy to note that the country has reported one death early this week the first-ever recorded around the globe so far. The government did not divulge details about the first fatality due to Omicron regarding whether the patient was vaccinated or had underlying health issues.

Passes necessary to visit public places

The slew of curbs to restrict Omicron variant include wearing masks in most indoor settings and proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative virus test to enter nightclubs and large crowded events. It is worth mentioning that even as vaccine passes are quite commonplace in many European countries, it was only in the UK that they had been resisted specially in England. The governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which set their own health rules had already done so.
But now looking at the situation in that country, the British government has claimed that the highly transmissible omicron variant has changed the argument. Sources familiar with the issue in the UK say that Covid passes for some venues are now a sensible measure, alongside booster vaccinations for all adults. Reports further stated that the government was speeding up its vaccination program. It also aimed to administer booster doses to adults by December end. Government sources said the new mass vaccination centers would be opened at sports stadiums around the country soon.

Nation reports highest single-day spike

Reports stated that the situation was pretty serious as the country added 78,610 Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since pandemic began in 2020. The previous spike was on January 8 this year when 68,053 cases were seen. Over 11 million people have tested positive for the virus in the UK. Of these 146,791 patients have died, 9,617,941 have been discharged and the active cases stand at 1,245,554.

 [Anam is BAJMC First Year Student of Maharishi School of Journalism, MUIT Campus, Noida]

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