Covid lockdown news: Downing Street ‘will issue update’ if Christmas L…

Christmas is fast approaching, and however people are nevertheless unsure if they will be able to see loved ones during the festive period.

Omicron situations are surging and Boris Johnson is in ’emergency talks’ today which are thought to determine the fate of this year’s celebrations.

However, Downing Street has attempted to reassure the public saying that they update them if and when a decision is made to impose a lockdown over Christmas, reports Wales Online.

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On whether a lockdown is being considered over Christmas, the chief Minister’s official spokesman said: “I appreciate there’s a great deal of speculation over the weekend, and indeed today, about what, if any, further measures may be required.

“At this point, we’re nevertheless monitoring the data and keeping a very close eye on it, as the Deputy chief Minister said this morning. We’d update if any further decisions are taken.”

He said he had nothing further to add on whether any measures would come in before or after Christmas, telling reporters: “We’ve introduced Plan B, we’ve seen big jumps in our booster campaign – which is great to see – and we’ll be monitoring both the impact of Plan B and boosters, and also gathering further data on the characteristics of this variant.

“We are monitoring that extremely regularly and update as required.”

On whether Boris Johnson is more in favour of guidance instead of restrictions, the chief Minister’s official spokesman said: “We will take any necessary steps in the interest of protecting lives and livelihoods.”

He additional: “You have seen we’ve in the past introduced some things in guidance in the past and some things in regulation. We’ve got the position as set out by Plan B and we’re keeping that under review.”

Cabinet Office minister Steve Barclay chaired Sunday’s Cobra meeting, with the spokesman saying it was focused on the devolved administrations.

On why Mr Johnson or Chancellor Rishi Sunak did not attend, the spokesman said in his reply: “The chief Minister chaired meetings on coronavirus more broadly over the weekend, as you’d expect.”

Asked if there were plans to reduce the isolation period from 10 days to seven, the chief Minister’s official spokesman said: “We will keep anything like that on the isolation period under review based on the latest clinical advice and we would update if that were to change.”

Downing Street also said it is for the public to be aware of warnings over Covid and “act appropriately” based on individual circumstances.

Asked about Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s concerns over hugging his mother at Christmas, the chief Minister’s official spokesman said: “We’ve communicated clearly to the public that we’re in a position of high prevalence of Covid, particularly this variant.

“The public should be aware of that and need to act appropriately based on individual circumstances.

“We’d encourage anyone looking to meet up with people, particularly indoor settings, to get tested in improvement, to take notice of ventilation, to open a window and do things like good and respiratory hygiene.”

The chief Minister’s official spokesman said it is the “job of ministers” or at the minimum one of their roles to scrutinise evidence provided by officials.

On whether any other ministerial resignation threats have been made if further restrictions are implemented, he said: “I am not aware of that. I have seen the speculation.”



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