Action over variant shows government keen to avoid Christmas calamity of 2020

action over variant shows government keen to avoid christmas calamity of 2020

Sumary of Action over variant shows government keen to avoid Christmas calamity of 2020:

  • No 10 has been encouraged that a concerted push for the booster jab programme has seen take-up increase and, although case numbers remain high, deaths and hospitalisations are being kept roughly stable by the vaccine programme – though they are in higher numbers than many countries would tolerate.
  • All countries had been taken off the red list and the government now allows travellers to take a lateral flow test on day two when they return from abroad, though those who test positive are asked to also take a PCR.
  • But because lateral flow tests are carried out at home and then thrown away, rather than analysed in a lab, it means that there is a delay in sequencing any potential new variants and working out their origin.

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