Protesters today gathered in London to demonstrate against plans for a Covid-19 pass as part of the government’s Plan B restrictions to contain the super-mutant Omicron variant.
Anti Covid pass protestors held up signs comparing Boris Johnson to Adolph Hitler and placards reading ‘No to exclusion, to checkpoints, to discrimination’ during the protests outside Westminster this afternoon.
The passes, which require proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from Covid-19 are set to become mandatory at clubs and large events from next week.
Demonstrators today called on the government to ‘Stop Covid passes, Big Brother Watch’ as they gathered in Westminster.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new Plan B rules on Wednesday amid surging Covid-19 cases after the super-mutant Omicron variant reached the UK.
The variant already makes up 30 per cent of new Covid cases in London, according to confidential data given to ministers, and government scientists have warned tougher measures would be needed to avoid overwhelming hospitals.
Protesters today gathered in London to demonstrate against plans for a Covid-19 pass as part of the government’s Plan B restrictions to contain the super-mutant Omicron variant
Anti Covid pass protestors held up signs comparing Boris Johnson to Adolph Hitler during the protests outside Westminster this afternoon
Demonstrators today carried a placard reading ‘Stop Covid passes, Big Brother Watch’ as gathered outside Westminster calling on the government to scrap plans for Covid-19 passes
Protesters gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster today holding signs reading ‘No to vaccine passports, yes to bodily autonomy’ and ‘No to exclusion, to checkpoints, to discrimination, Covid ID’
Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Houses of Parliament on Saturday afternoon calling on the government to scrap Covid-19 passes announced by Boris Johnson as part of Plan B restrictions to kerb the spread of super-mutant variant Omicron
Anti Covid pass protestors held up signs reading ‘No to exclusion, to checkpoints, to discrimination’ during the protests outside Westminster this afternoon
It comes as Government scientists today warned tougher measures were needed to deal with the variant which, they said, will cause nearly 2,500 daily hospitalisations this winter even under Plan B restrictions.
Modelling by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) suggests the strain could cause anywhere from between 25,000 to 75,000 deaths in England over the next five months and more hospitalisations in January than were seen last year.
The researchers — who also sit on the Spi-M SAGE modelling subgroup that advises No10 — said restrictions similar to stage two of the roadmap out of lockdown, which include a ban on indoor socialising at pubs and restaurants, may be needed to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed.
They suggested the measures should be brought in as Boxing Day to stem the tide of admissions and deaths and added that upping the booster rollout to the Government’s 500,000 per day target will do little to reduce the toll.
But the data was based on assuming Omicron causes as much severe illness as Delta, which has been called into question after preliminary data from South Africa suggested the strain could be causing less hospitalisation.
While Covid booster jabs have been shown to be effective against Omicron, there are concerns that the millions of people who are yet to get their third inoculation could be unprotected against symptoms of the virus without it.
Officials stress two doses should still offer high protection against severe illness but even a small drop in that could trigger a surge in hopsitalisations.
The first part of the Government’s Plan B came into force yesterday with the introduction of compulsory face masks in indoor settings such as theatres, cinemas and churches.
New work-from-home guidance will come into effect on Monday, and MPs will vote on Tuesday on the introduction of vaccine passports for nightclubs and large venues.
It came as reports emerged yesterday that the UK Government is already working on a ‘Plan C’ of Covid restrictions, which could see care homes slapped with fresh restrictions in the run up to Christmas and masks made compulsory in pubs and restaurants.
Controversial vaccine passports could also be extended to more venues as part of the contingency measures being floated within Downing Street if the Omicron super variant proves to be as dangerous as scientists fear.
But No10 has insisted it has ‘no plans’ for a Plan C or a circuit breaker lockdown over Christmas. The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: ‘We think the Plan B measures are the right approach and strike the right balance.’
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