Boris Johnson to hold emergency Cabinet meeting TODAY over Omicron amid fears of imminent restrictions

BORIS Johnson will hold an emergency Cabinet meeting this afternoon amid fears of imminent restrictions to tackle Omicron.

The PM summoned his top team for a crunch 2pm session as he comes under increasing pressure from doom-mongering scientists to take action.


He is considering slapping fresh curbs on socialising indoors — including pubs — despite hitting one million jabs a day.

The Prime Minister will continue to thrash out the possibilities in crunch talks today following a weekend of emergency meetings.

Mr Johnson is expected to discuss the rising infections and possibility of further restrictions with right-hand health chiefs, who he has spoken with closely each day since Omicron spread.

The talks will follow a series of urgent briefings over the weekend, including an emergency Cobra meeting last night.

England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty briefed the First Ministers for Scotland and Wales, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford as well as Labour.

It comes as Boris Johnson's Cabinet and other angry Tory MPs urge him to resist fresh Covid curbs and let the nation enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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They have called on No10 to rely on Britain’s stonking Covid vaccine rollout – boosted by The Sun’s Jabs Army, which helped smash a record one million vaccines – to fight Omicron.

The Sun is urging readers to sign up to the Jabs Army campaign to make the rollout as smooth and fast as possible.

A booster shot is the best protection against Omicron, with early data suggesting it pushes efficacy back up to 75 per cent.

Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive said: “Once again, we urge everyone who is able to get a booster jab to come forward and do so.

"It is the best defence we have against this highly transmissible new variant."

This morning, Dominic Raab said there were no "hard and fast guarantees" more restrictions won't be imposed by Christmas.

Laying bare the alarming Covid picture, the Deputy PM revealed there were now 104 Omicron hospitalisations and 12 deaths.

And he hammered the government's plea that the best weapon in our inventory are vaccines, and urged everyone to get their boosters.

Mr Raab said: "We will have a much better Christmas than last year because of the vaccination level, both the overall vaccination level but particularly the impact of the booster campaign, and we saw on Saturday, just in one day, 900,000 people get their booster.

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"I do think of course, you have heard it from the Health Secretary over the weekend, I'd echo that, people will need to be careful and cautious.

"I do think that again, subject to the data, and it's always under review, we're in a better position to enjoy Christmas with loved ones this year."

His comments come as Sage scientists urge Boris Johnson to “go early” and slap curbs on indoor drinking and socialising.

They expect more than 3,000 hospitalisations a day come January, with daily infections and deaths on the rise.

But anxious MPs are now on high-alert in case Parliament is recalled to ram through lockdown measures.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “There is no need to lock down, and people need this Christmas with their families.

“Boris must resist – and I think he will. All the scientific models are based on supposition – not data. We must follow the data.”

Tories also warned up to 120 backbenchers could rebel and vote against further restrictions.

This would be the biggest revolt the PM has ever suffered, and leave him relying on Labour votes to get restrictions through.

One minister said: “It would be a huge rebellion. If you look at the revolt on vaccine passports it came from all sides of the party.”

Yesterday, a further 82,886 Covid cases were recorded across the UK along with 45 deaths.

A staggering 904,598 were given their booster jab on Saturday.

More than 47 million people are now double jabbed, while over 28,000 have had their third dose.


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