The Prime Minister stated the Authorities took “immediate and decisive” motion when the mutant variant was found within the UK on Friday, ensuing within the creation of strict Tier 4 restrictions which have taken a scythe to Christmas plans for tens of millions.
He stated greater than half-a-million individuals within the UK have now acquired their first dose of the two-part vaccinate since British grandmother Margaret Keenan turned the primary affected person on the planet on December 8 to obtain the Pfizer Covid-19 jab following its medical approval.
It got here because the Authorities’s New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats advisory group (NervTag) instructed a Science Media Centre briefing on the brand new mutant variant that instances exterior of Tier 4 in London and the south east of England “are rising at related charges” these in affected areas, and that it had a “transmission benefit” over different strains of the virus.
The Prime Minister stated that he had had a “good” cellphone name with French President Emmanuel Macron to resolve the blockage at Dover.
“We’re working with our associates throughout the Channel to unblock the stream of commerce as quick as potential.
“And the Authorities in any respect ranges is speaking with our associates in Paris.
“I’ve simply spoken to President Macron, we had an excellent name.
“And we each perceive one another’s positions and wish to resolve these issues as quick as potential.”