Leaked minutes of a SAGE meeting reveal when a two-week lockdown could start, reports suggest.
Earlier today, it was reported that the Government had drawn up plans for a two-week ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown.
The move is in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, which is rising in Cheshire and across the UK.
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However, it has now it has been reported that any such measures would happen between Christmas and New Year.
MailOnline has reported the content of the minutes, which suggest any lockdown could start between December 27 and 30.
“The timing of such measures is crucial,” SAGE warned in the minutes of the meeting, StaffordshireLive reports.
The advisory body added: “Delaying until 2022 would greatly reduce the effectiveness of such interventions and make it less likely that these would prevent considerable pressure on health and care settings.”
A Government spokesperson said: “The Government will continue to look closely at all the emerging data and we’ll keep our measures under review as we learn more about this variant.”
The Welsh government said it would close nightclubs from December 27 and impose a two-metre social distancing rule in offices.
But it remains to be seen whether the circuit breaker begins the same day in England.
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The UK recorded more than 90,000 new cases on Friday.
Lord Victor Adebowale, chairman of the NHS Confederation, has described leaked modelling by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) as “very worrying”.
He said: “The fact of the matter is we should be taking the precautionary principle. We should be protecting our NHS and our public services. We have no economy without health.
“I actually have a great deal of faith in the British public. They have behaved impeccably, by and large.”