Omicron instances have increased by 54% in just 24 hours, however Covid vaccinations do work, and no British people have been hospitalized yet.

Cases of OMICRON have increased by 54% in just 24 hours as Brits are being urged to get their boosters - despite new data showing that vaccines DO work.

There are now 1,265 confirmed cases of the variant, up from 448 the day before, but the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) says thousands more are likely.

The health agency released the first batch of evidence on vaccine efficacy against the strain in the United Kingdom, demonstrating that three shots were far more effective than two.

Mr Gove said the situation with Omicron was "deeply concerning" following the emergency meeting of devolved leaders.

"We need to keep everything under review," he said, implying future restrictions.

I believe the approach we are taking is reasonable.

"We understand the importance of striking a balance between people's ability to get on with their lives and the need to protect them from this virus."

"However, action is required, and as new data is received, we will consider what action we need to take in response to that data."

As The Sun's Jabs Army campaign marshals its recruits, No10 is scrambling to stave off a winter surge and is begging Brits to get their boosters.

"Once again, we urge everyone who is able to get a booster jab to come forward and do so, as it is the best defense we have against this highly transmissible new variant," said Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive.

In comparison to Delta, a new study released today backed up booster effectiveness against Omicron.

However, experts discovered that after a booster dose, effectiveness against Omicron increases, providing around 70 to 75 percent protection against symptomatic infection.

So far, research has been unable to determine how effective vaccines are in preventing serious illness or death.

"Today's new data shows how important booster jabs are to protect us against this variant," said Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

"They are our best defense, and we have accelerated our rollout by inviting seven million more people over the age of 40 to get their booster shot, ensuring that even more people are protected against this disease."

"I implore you to come forward as soon as you are eligible in order to protect yourself and your loved ones."

An emergency Cobra meeting was planned for Downing Street today, following dire warnings from outbreak modelers.

This afternoon, top minister Michael Gove was set to meet with Nicola Sturgeon and other devolved leaders to hammer out an urgent Covid battle plan.

There are concerns that the government will impose "Plan C" restrictions, such as requiring vaccine passports to enter bars.

Today, Downing Street stated that there are no plans to go any further than the current restrictions on mandatory masks, working from home, and vaccine passports.

Although public health officials have reported a small number of confirmed cases of Omicron, the team at UKHSA believes the number is ten times higher.

Infection surveys and genetic sequencing of tests to find cases of Omicron lag behind because the Covid picture is changing so quickly.

According to one expert, there could be more than 4,000 Brits catching Omicron every day.

8.5 percent of positive tests are due to this strain.

With 48,000 new diagnoses every day, it's safe to assume that 4,000 of them are Omicron.

Professor Alastair Grant, a modeller at the University of East Anglia, revealed the startling figures on Twitter, saying the R rate of Omicron could be as high as 4. It comes as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that by December 20, there could be 25,000 cases of Omicron per day, with the "most likely" figure being 15,000, according to modeling in a Scottish Government evidence paper.

Omicron is expected to become the dominant variant of Covid-19 in Scotland in "days, not weeks," with a "potential tsunami of infections," according to Ms Sturgeon.

"A smaller percentage of a larger number will still result in a large number of cases requiring hospital treatment," she cautioned.

Her remarks echoed those of Sage, the UK Government's scientific advisory group, which predicted that England's hospitalizations could reach 1,000 per day by the end of the month, up from 760 at the moment.

Ms. Sturgeon announced stricter isolation rules for Scots, including the requirement for household contacts to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or a negative PCR test.

Professor Rowland Kao of the University of Edinburgh's Sir Timothy O'Shea Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science believes it is "sensible" to implement such a rule now rather than later.

"What we do know is that Omicron is spreading in Scotland at such a rapid pace that it will be too late to act if we wait for those uncertainties to be reduced enough to inform decisions," he said, despite the many uncertainties surrounding Omicron.

On Tuesday, Conservative MPs are threatening to vote against Plan B, with some calling the rules "authoritarian."

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised people in England to work from home to avoid spreading the virus, he has also stated that social events such as Christmas parties do not need to be canceled.

Meanwhile, in its weekly sample of thousands of UK households, the Office for National Statistics Infection Survey has begun to detect Omicron infections.

It stated that these figures are insufficient to provide estimates of the total number across the country.

According to the Office for National Statistics, around 891,500 people in England had Covid in the week ending December 1 - the equivalent of one in every 60 people. Prof James Naismith, Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Professor of Structural Biology at the University of Oxford, said the prevalence of Covid was "high in all four nations" since August.

"Without vaccination, we would have filled our hospitals," he added.

They are overburdened, with around 800 people being admitted each day.

"We should never forget the pain felt by so many as around 900 much-loved family members are lost to Covid-19 every week."

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