UK Health Secretary does not rule out more restrictions

Sajid Cavid, UK Health Secretary

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# 19 December 2021 21:56 (UTC +04:00)

The UK health secretary has refused to rule out further Covid restrictions for England, as the Omicron variant spreads around the country, APA reports citing BBC.

A further 12,133 Omicron cases have been confirmed in the UK, although the true number is likely to be far higher.

Asked about possible new measures to slow the spread, Sajid Javid said there were "no guarantees in this pandemic".

The government and devolved leaders are discussing the situation in a Cobra meeting.

When it was suggested to him he was not ruling out a circuit-breaker - a short, sharp lockdown - or new restrictions before Christmas, Mr Javid told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "There are no guarantees in this pandemic, I don't think.

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

A further 82,886 daily Covid cases were reported across the UK on Sunday, after several days of record highs last week.

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