There have been reports overnight, that SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has recommended a two week circuit breaker lockdown after Christmas, to slow the progress of the omicron variant.
Articles in some newspapers this morning suggest that the Prime Minister will attend a hastily convened COBRA meeting this weekend and that an announcement on further restrictions may be imminent.
According to The Mail Online:
SAGE’s scientists are warning that Christmas may have to be cancelled for a second year with calls for a two-week circuit breaker lockdown and a ban on indoor mixing to stop hospitalisations from the Omicron Covid wave peaking at 3,000 a day.
Leaked minutes of a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warn that restrictions are needed ‘very soon’ to avoid hospitalisations rising to 3,000 a day.
During the meeting on Thursday, the experts backed a ban on indoor social contact and hospitality. In what could be a blow to Britons planning New Year parties, they want fresh measures to come in before January 1.
The Times is reporting this morning:
Meeting other people indoors would be banned for two weeks after Christmas under plans being drawn up for a “circuit breaker” to slow Omicron.
Ministers are due imminently to present proposals under which England would return to restrictions last seen in April after models suggested that this could halve a peak of hospital admissions that might otherwise break the NHS. However, Boris Johnson has not yet approved the plans and insisted yesterday that he was not “closing things down”.
The government said yesterday, that more than 93,000 people tested positive for covid on Thursday, a new record. I don’t believe them. They continue to claim that cases of the ultra-transmissible omicron variant are doubling day by day. I don’t believe that either.
We are warned repeatedly, that the new scariant might overwhelm the sacred NHS. This is utter nonsense. I repeat, the total number of NHS hospital beds in England has more than halved in the past 30 years, from around 299,000 in 1987/88 to 141,000 in 2019/20.
In 1988, the UK population was 56.9 million. Today, it’s 68.4 million. Keep sharing this irrefutable fact with your friends, families and co-workers until it gets through their thick fucking skulls. The NHS isn’t fit for purpose.
This morning, more than 10,000 beds are occupied by seniors who are ready to be discharged, but can’t be, because the social care crisis means that there is a massive shortage of carers available to look after seniors in their own homes.
Neither covid nor Winter flu is overwhelming the NHS. It has been systematically destroyed by successive governments. It hasn’t been mismanaged, it has been deliberately undermined. You’ll never read what I’ve written here in a national newspaper, nor will you hear it said on television or radio.
Imposing life-sucking, authoritarian restrictions on society has got nothing to do with protecting the National Health Service or keeping people safe. It’s all about the jabs, stupid.
As many as six million people in the UK have not had a single covid jab. This won’t be tolerated. The un-jabbed will be blamed for the reintroduction of lockdowns. The calls to exclude us from societal participation will grow louder, as will calls to mandate the damned things.
Buckle up. We’re in for a bumpy ride.