UK lockdown date leaked as Boris Johnson set for Boxing Day announcement

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The date for when the Government will make an announcement on rumoured new coronavirus restrictions has been leaked, it has been reported.

According to the Sunday Times, Boxing Day has been pencilled in for an announcement with measures possibly starting as early as December 27.

One of the options reportedly being considered is a two-week circuit breaker, which will see the return of the Rule of Six and no indoor mixing.

Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve customers outside as cases of the Omicron variant spread.

But as of now, the plans have yet to reach ministerial level and have not been officially confirmed.

Appearing on the final ever episode of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the pandemic had made it clear decision makers were not able to give any guarantees.

After it was suggested to him that he was not ruling out new restrictions before Christmas, Mr Javid said: “There are no guarantees in this pandemic, I don’t think.

“At this point we just have to keep everything under review.”

It is also understood that Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has not ruled out demanding fresh restrictions.

An emergency Cobra meeting went ahead today as leaders from across the UK met to discuss the surge in Omicron cases.

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It comes after 90,418 daily Covid cases were reported yesterday and Omicron cases were up another 10,059 to 24,968 in total.

Sage members have reportedly told the government that waiting until after Christmas to impose Covid measures is not an option if they want to keep the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

The group expects more than 3,000 hospitalisations a day come January, with daily infections and deaths on the rise.

It is understood neither Prime Minister Boris Johnson nor Rishi Sunak were at the meeting, chaired instead by Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay, The Sun reports.

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