In a video posted on social media and released by Downing Street, the Prime Minister said “people can go ahead with their Christmas plans” but urges caution and suggests people should take a test before meeting elderly relatives.

“But, in view of the continuing uncertainty about several things – the severity of Omicron, uncertainty about the hospitalisation rates or the impact of the vaccine rollout and the boosters – we don’t think today that there is enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas.

“We continue to monitor Omicron very closely and if the situation deteriorates we will be ready to take action if needed.”

Johnson said he “would urge everyone to exercise caution, to keep protecting yourselves and your loved ones, especially the vulnerable”. People should take a Covid test before visiting vulnerable people and ensure there was proper ventilation, he added.


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