BORIS Johnson is set to have D-Day talks TOMORROW to see if the UK needs to be plunged into lockdown.
The Prime Minister will be briefed by Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance on any changes to the number of people being hospitalised by Omicron.
If the numbers have continued to rise it will mean increased pressure on the NHS, with experts urging the government to take action.
His meeting comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.
Questions continue to swirl over possible restrictions in England as the Prime Minister is set to evaluate the rules tomorrow.
Among the proposals being considered is a two-week circuit-breaker, which would include a ban on meeting friends and family indoors.
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If the data continues to worsen then he could plunge the UK into further restrictions – with pubs and non-essential shops fearing they could be forced to close.
This could include plans that will prevent Brits meeting others indoors except for work purposes.
Any new restrictions will need to be passed by parliament, meaning that the Prime Minister will have to hold a cabinet meeting to approve his plans.
He would then need to recall parliament and get the support of MP’s to legalise the new restrictions.
However he could continue to urge the public to be cautious, and ask for Brits to limit their contacts in a similar crackdown to Scotland.
It means that England will be left in limbo during the festive period to see if the celebrations for the new year can continue.
Brits in the rest of the country are now under stringent Covid rules from today.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will begin a Boxing Day crackdown in a bid to stop rising Covid cases, while Boris is set to weigh things up for the rest of the country on Monday.
SPIKE IN CASES
The lockdown comes after dedicated NHS staff continued to rollout vaccines on Christmas Day in a bid to protect more people.
On December 22, 386 patients were admitted for the virus – the highest number in a single day since February.
Covid admissions peaked in January when 977 Brits were admitted in London.
But as cases rise, health experts and ministers are now demanding that the Government distinguishes between people who are being admitted to hospital "with" or "for" Covid.
New Years celebrations are also on a knife edge amid the the uncertainty around future restrictions.
Despite concerns, the PM has vowed to keep schools open in January despite the spread of Omicron.
He reportedly told Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi that he is "absolutely determined" to send kids back to school in the New Year, but the pair are said to be discussing the issue almost daily.
They are said to believe that education is the Government's "number one priority" and that schools closing is "not something being considered."
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