British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may think it’s perfectly fine Throw a Christmas party in the middle unprecedented rise in coronavirus circumstances — but Queen Elizabeth II does not bear the same risk.
On Thursday, a day after Britain recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 infections ever for the entire pandemic, due to a super-infectious variant of Omicron, the queen announced that she would be canceling meals. Traditional lunch before Christmas for the royal family. is expected to take place next week.
The queen’s decision came in the morning after Johnson and his top medical advisers spoke to Britons during a press conference on Wednesday. They warn that the country will be breaking pandemic records on a daily basis for weeks, and there is no reason to believe at this stage that the Omicron variant is less severe than any that preceded it.
The numbers that will almost certainly repeat in the US, and around the world in the coming weeks, are grim.
Medical experts warned lawmakers on Thursday that, for Omicron, the R value in the UK is between 3 and 5, which means that the spread of variation doubles every two days. If that still doesn’t subside, before Christmas day 640,000 Omicron infections will be recorded. At the beginning of the new year, the entire population will be infected.
That worst case will not happen. The pace of development is certain to slow as the virus struggles to find vulnerable people, and Britain ranks higher than the US in those with booster doses of the vaccine. Surname seems to provide strong protection fight infection, and even better protect against hospitalization and death.
But experts are clear that there are extremely difficult weeks ahead.
Britain’s top health worker Chris Whitty, speaking after UK COVID cases hit a record 78,610 on Wednesday, said: “I’m afraid we have to be realistic that records will be broken. a lot in the next few weeks.”
Earlier in the same day, Jenny Harries, head of the UK’s Health Security Agency, warned: “It’s probably the most significant threat we’ve faced since the start of the pandemic and I It is certain that the numbers we see on the data for the next few days for example will be quite staggering compared to the growth rates we have seen in the cases for the previous variants. “
It’s not yet clear how dramatically the numbers will add up but, as the queen made clear on Thursday, Britain is now staring at a second consecutive Christmas upended by the virus. Although, at this stage, the UK government is not introducing any stricter measures against household mixing or closing venues that entertain guests.
Instead of restrictions, government advisers have stepped in to urge people to narrow down their Christmas plans as much as possible. The streets of London were photographed almost deserted on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, France announced Thursday morning that most British travelers will be barred from entry in an attempt to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. However, as has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout the pandemic, when one country experiences a record increase in cases, the rest of the world will not be far behind.
Globally, more than 75 countries have reported Omicron cases.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/queen-elizabeth-ditches-christmas-plans-as-omicron-panic-sweeps-britain?source=articles&via=rss Record-breaking Omicron is now so bad that in the UK even the Queen has canceled Christmas