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Boris Johnson warns that a Covid blizzard could derail at Christmas as Europe is exposed to an “infection storm”

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The Prime Minister insisted that the UK will not introduce stricter Covid restrictions just yet

Boris Johnson has warned the British public urgently of a “blizzard” of rising Covid infections in Europe, which could destroy plans for a normal Christmas party.

He warned that the situation on the continent could soon spill over to the UK as pressure on the NHS mounts during the winter months.

However, the Prime Minister insisted that the UK would not put in place stricter Covid restrictions such as mandatory face-covering and work from home just yet, as the government was not going to put in place its Plan B measures.

Mr Johnson said, “We don’t see anything in the data at the moment to suggest that we need to go to Plan B, we’re sticking to Plan A.

“But what we must certainly recognize is that there is a storm of infection in parts of Europe, you can see these numbers rise very sharply with some of our continental friends.

“And we just have to recognize that there is always the danger of a snow storm coming from the east as the months get colder.

“The best protection for our country is that everyone go forward and get their booster.”

Conservative Party co-chair Oliver Dowden also said today it is “in our hands” to prevent another lockdown this Christmas.

It comes after the government adopted the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to extend the booster program to healthy 40-49 year olds.

It was also said that 16- and 17-year-olds should sign up for a second dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine – which should be given at least 12 weeks after the first.

Europe is facing increasing Covid infections and is again the area hardest hit by the pandemic.

In the most recent survey by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 10 countries were classified as “Very Concerning” – Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.

Across the EU, the assessment found a “high and rapidly increasing total case report”.

Several European countries have introduced stricter measures to curb the increasing numbers of infections.

Austria has banned unvaccinated residents over 12 years, of which around two million of the 8.9 million Austrian population are affected.

The new restrictions went into effect at midnight on Sunday and will take 10 days before they are revised.

Austria has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, only around 65 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated.

In comparison, Spain, Italy and Belgium vaccinated 82, 78 and 75 percent, respectively.

Austria also has a seven-day infection rate of more than 800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is one of the highest in Europe.

The UK’s seven-day infection rate is 354.6 as of November 9th.

The Netherlands has introduced a three-week partial lockdown on the coronavirus that requires bars, restaurants and supermarkets to close at 8 p.m.

Professional sports games are held in front of an empty stadium.

Latvia also reinstated the lockdown last month, preventing lawmakers who oppose the vaccine from voting on laws and participating in debates until the middle of next year.

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