British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has refused to rule out further Covid-19 restrictions in England before Christmas.
“I just can’t give any hard fast guarantees,” Raab told Sky News on Monday.
“I think we will have a much better Christmas than last year because of the level of vaccination,” he added.
It comes after Health Minister Sajid Javid told the BBC on Sunday “there are no guarantees in this pandemic” when asked about a possible circuit breaker shutdown and further pre-Christmas restrictions to stem the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. .
In his interview with Sky News, Raab also downplayed British media reports that 10 cabinet ministers are questioning advice to impose further restrictions given last week by the government’s Scientific Group on Emergency Situations (SAGE).
If further measures are not taken soon against the coronavirus Covid-19 hospitalizations could rise to 3,000 a day in England, SAGE warned.
Raab said: “We always question the advice and I don’t think that should be presented as some kind of tectonic opposition to the scientists.”
When asked if he was one of the opponents, he replied: “No, no. I fully support the approach the government has taken so far.”