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SAGE has warned ministers that Omicron hospital admissions could breach 1,000 a day in England by the end of the year without tougher restrictions to stem the spread of the super-mutant Covid variant.
In a move that could bounce No10 into activating its winter 'Plan B', the expert panel said it is 'highly likely' Omicron will make up the majority of British infections within 'a few weeks' and put 'unsustainable pressure' on the NHS.
Leaked minutes from SAGE's emergency meeting today showed that the group also expect the highly-evolved strain to trigger several thousand admissions per day at a peak in January if it is allowed to spread unchecked.
The 'Covid O' Cabinet committee has met for crunch talks this afternoon and Boris Johnson is expected to sign off on plans for a blanket order to work from home where possible, more mask-wearing, vaccine passports and stricter isolation rules for close contacts of infected people either today or tomorrow.
The crisis comes at the same time as the Prime Minister faces increasing hostility from his own party in light of claims Downing Street staff held a lockdown-breaking Christmas party in No10 last year while millions were unable to see their loved ones, with a number of senior backbenchers slamming it as 'unacceptable' and 'indefensible'.
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