UK PM on potential lockdown, reacts to France travel ban

UK PM on potential lockdown reacts to France travel ban

(16 Dec 2021) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited a vaccination centre in Ramsgate, Kent on Thursday as the government continued to up its efforts to offer COVID-19 booster vaccinations to all adults by the end of December.
The government said within days it will open new mass vaccination centers at sports stadiums around the country, including Wembley, the 90,000-seat national soccer stadium in London.
Johnson, meanwhile, is rejecting accusations that new government warnings meant to curb the omicron variant of the coronavirus will essentially put Britain into another lockdown by stealth.
Johnson insisted on Thursday that despite fears about the rapidly spreading variant, the situation in the UK is different from last year because of the widespread use of vaccines and virus tests.
Johnson says if people want to attend public events, “the sensible thing to do is to get a test and to make sure that you’re being cautious.’’
“But we’re not saying that we want to cancel stuff, we’re not locking stuff down, and the fastest route back to normality is to get boosted” with another vaccine dose, he said.
The U.K. on Wednesday recorded its highest daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started.
England’s chief medical officer warned the situation is likely to get worse as the omicron variant drives a new wave of illness during the Christmas holidays.
Meanwhile France announced it will restrict arrivals from Britain because of fast-spreading cases of the omicron virus variant.
The government spokesman said Thursday that France will impose limits on reasons for traveling and a new requirement of a 48-hour isolation upon arrival. The new measures are taking effect first thing Saturday.

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