Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said that the government “can’t make hard, fast guarantees” that there will not be a Christmas lockdown,
In response to being asked whether England can expect more restrictions in the coming days he said; “I’m not going to trail things when decisions haven’t been made,”.
The BBC has been told that ministers are considering three different options of possible Covid measures. This follows calls from scientists for extra rules to protect the NHS.
Over the past few weeks, the new Omicron variant has spread quickly across the country, and the number of confirmed cases has shot up.
More and more newspapers are reporting that new restrictions could be brought in before Christmas in England with some options under consideration include curbs on household mixing or forcing pubs and restaurants to close early.
Dominic Raab has refused to guarantee that no new rules would be brought in. When asked on Monday whether he could rule out a Christmas lockdown, Mr Raab replied: “We’ve said we can’t make hard fast guarantees.”
In a statement on BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme he said that “The acceleration of the booster makes that much less likely,”
“But ultimately, in answer to your question, it depends on the severity of the Omicron cases and you know that there’s a time lag between reported cases, hospitalisations and the deaths.”