Covid could kill up to 75,000 more Britons this winter as Omicron spreads across the country, according to doomsayers.

Experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine used data based on the assumption that no new restrictions will be imposed between now and April.

The doomsayers, who are also members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling and Sage, looked at experimental data to see how Omicron might spread as the country approaches 2022.

They predicted a peak of 2,400 daily hospital admissions in January, citing mask-wearing, working from home, and booster jabs as possible solutions.

They claim that closing entertainment venues and restricting indoor pubs and restaurants could reduce hospital admissions by 53,000 and deaths by 7,600.

However, without a Plan B, hospital admissions could reach levels twice as high as those seen in January 2021, according to the pessimistic scientists.

According to the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, this pessimistic scenario could result in 492,000 hospital admissions and 74,800 deaths.

However, the scientists assumed that Omicron causes the same level of illness as Delta, but they didn't consider the impact of control measures such as mass population testing.

"These findings suggest that Omicron has the potential to cause substantial surges in cases, hospital admissions, and deaths in populations with high levels of immunity, such as England," they wrote in their paper.

"It may be necessary to reintroduce additional non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent hospital admissions from exceeding the levels seen in England during the previous peak in winter 2020-2021," says the report.

"More data over the next few weeks will strengthen our knowledge on Omicron and the consequences of this on transmission in England," said Dr Rosanna Barnard, who co-led the research at LSHTM's Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases.

"However, in a rapidly changing situation, these early projections help guide our understanding of potential futures."

"In our most optimistic scenario, Omicron's impact in early 2022 would be mitigated by minor control measures such as working from home."

"However, our most pessimistic scenario suggests that we may have to put up with more stringent restrictions in order to keep the NHS from becoming overwhelmed."

"Masks, social distancing, and booster shots are all important, but they may not be enough."

"No one wants to go through another lockdown," she added, "but if Omicron has a significant level of immune escape or otherwise increased transmissibility compared to Delta, last-resort measures may be required to protect health services."

"It is critical that decision-makers consider the broader societal impact of these measures, not just the epidemiology," says the author.

"These are early estimates," said Dr. Nick Davies of CMMID, who co-led the new study. "But they do suggest that, overall, Omicron is outcompeting Delta rapidly by evading vaccines to a significant degree."

"The booster program will substantially mitigate the impact of Omicron in England," he said at a press conference.

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