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The UK first reported more than 100,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a day, adding to the pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson on whether to impose further restrictions after Christmas.
Some 106,122 new cases were recorded on Wednesday as the fast-spreading Omicron variant boosts a record wave. That’s a jump of more than 15,000 on Tuesday, according to official data. Before this month, the UK had never recorded more than 70,000 cases per day.
The huge rise in infections poses a major dilemma for Johnson, who promised less than 24 hours ago that there would be no new restrictions on freedoms in England before Christmas, while signaling he may have to tighten up the rules thereafter.
The prime minister is locked to one side by his science advisers, who say the sooner he takes action, the less severe the latest wave will be, and the mutinous members of his Conservative Party who rebelled in record numbers last week against a lighter touch. measures. Johnson only got them approved with the support of the opposition Labor Party.
This meant the Prime Minister could give Britons the Christmas he had long promised – some restrictions but no limits on family reunions. The big question is what will follow.
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