Boris Johnson said his top team had agreed to keep the data on the outbreak “under constant review”.

Boris Johnson was holding back from introducing stricter UK coronavirus rules to cope with a surging new wave of the Containing virus, however, left the prospect of needing them soon.

After a more than 2 hour session of his cabinet in which he described himself as “balanced arguments,” Johnson said his Top team has agreed to keep the data on the outbreak “under constant scrutiny.” “We won’t rule out the possibility of going further when we need to do things to protect the public,” said Johnson in a joint television interview . Right now, “there are still some things we need to be clearer about before we decide to move on.”

As the government’s scientific advisors are pushing for new rules sooner rather than later to stave off spikes in hospital admissions , Johnson’s comments leave the UK pending just 5 days before Christmas as daily Covid cases remain near record levels due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant. On Monday before, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab refused to rule out a Christmas ban.

The Prime Minister’s reluctance to take further measures is against the background of widespread opposition within his ruling Conservative Party to further restrict people’s freedoms . They rebelled in record numbers last week against lighter measures approved only with the support of the opposition Labor Party.

Johnson said there was still uncertainty about the severity of Omicron and its expected impact on hospital admissions and deaths. He said he will adhere to so-called Plan B measures for the time being, which include instructions for working from home, wearing face masks in many environments, and Covid certification for access to certain venues. Previously, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported that the government could possibly introduce new restrictions from December 27th. The restrictions envisaged are “step two” in the country’s earlier coronavirus response, the newspaper reported, which included pubs and restaurants that could only serve customers outdoors, a ban on indoor mixing and interaction maximum of six people or two households outdoors.

To hear Boris Johnson considering reverting to the restrictions in Step 2 for a month from December 27th – POST Christmas – to help contain infections. One major caveat is that government scholars want him to act now – while some in the cabinet worried about further restrictions even later. pic.twitter.com/exg3SvtiZU

“We’re checking all sorts of things to keep Omicron under control and we’re not ruling anything out,” said Johnson. “Please exercise caution in your life.”

Johnson also left the prospect of additional financial aid to businesses as many people volunteer to stop going out and spend money to reduce the chances of contracting the virus.

When asked if economic aid is coming, Johnson said, “Of course, it’s also important that we take care of the hospitality, theater, and other parts of our incredible entertainment industry that suffer and will suffer.”

Referring to existing measures such as grants, lower sales taxes and business tax relief, he said: “We will also keep the economic side of it under review.” scatter little. On Monday, industry lobby group UKHospitality said December will be a “disaster” for the industry as more than half of the venues reported a 40% drop in sales over the past weekend.

“Trade levels are so low now that many companies will not survive the New Year and jobs will be lost without government support, “said Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer of UKHospitality. “Cancellations have wiped out cash reserves.”

Companies are calling for increased grant funding and extensions beyond March for the already-in-place corporate holiday tariffs and reduced sales tax rate.

Johnson said he understood “how difficult” that is Situation for companies is. “Omicron just exploded so quickly that we saw people naturally choose to make sure they protect themselves and avoid the spread of the disease.”

Up until this month the UK had daily cases Never exceeded 70,000. They exceeded 90,000 on three of the last four days, and over the weekend the government’s emergency scientific advisory group released documents stating that in England alone there are “almost certain” hundreds of thousands of infections with Omicron variants every day. – if those who have not been tested are included.

Without further government restrictions, new hospital admissions could peak at least 3,000 a day, SAGE said, adding that “stricter measures must be taken very soon”, to avoid this pressure.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and will be published via a syndicated feed.)

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