Rishi Sunak is one of at least ten ministers to oppose calls by scientific advisers to introduce new coronavirus restrictions before Christmas by questioning the veracity of official models.
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, yesterday declined to rule out a “circuit breaker” that would ban household mixing, saying the government may need to act before the data is clear. “If we wait for the data to be perfect, it could be too late,” he said.
The Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage) has said the emergence of the Omicron variant means that without action, 3000 patients could need a hospital bed per day, with pressure mounting as ministers delay the introduction of restrictions.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the foremost scientist