Boris Johnson announcement – PM’s covid update reveals major booster vaccine rollout as 1st Omicron patients in hospital

Controversy over figure estimates

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine — which predicted the 75,000 deaths — said the best we can hope for if no additional measures beyond Plan B are imposed, is that there will be 25,000 deaths and 175,000 hospital admissions.

Shutting some entertainment venues and imposing limits on gatherings early next year will be needed to dramatically reduce hospital admissions by 53,000 and deaths by 7,600, experts have said.

But Professor Paul Hunter, of East Anglia University, said: “If Omicron is indeed associated with less severe disease — as is, in my view, likely to be the case — then these models would overestimate hospital admissions and deaths, possibly substantially.”

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