UK reaches target regarding Covid booster jabs
The government has reportedly met its target with regard to offering Covid booster jabs to all adults in England by the end of 2021, the BBC reported.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is continuing to encourage people to take Covid tests over the New Year’s period.
Additionally, the Welsh government have reportedly ‘loaned’ four million rapid tests to England.
However, the British Medical Association and Royal College of Nursing declared that health staff should be the first to receive the tests to prevent further staff shortages.
The news comes after thousands report difficulties in booking PCR tests due to the limited amount of testing labs that are available to the public.
This raises concerns for many as it was reported that 189,213 people across the UK tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, Thursday 30 December, which is a new record for the nation.
332 deaths were also reported yesterday, another record since Tuesday 2 March 2021.
Regardless, the government have not implemented any new restrictions for New Year’s.
NHS leaders have said that, if restrictions were introduced, it is believed that it would take at least two weeks for hospital admissions to slow down, the BBC reported.
Unfortunately, Omicron fears have already hindered some of the New Year’s events that the nation looks forward to each year.
However, the government have revealed that their spectacular New Year’s fireworks display will be going ahead tonight.
It will be a scaled-down version of the normal show, but it is a great relief to many after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
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