Professor Lockdown Neil Ferguson stated that Omicron has spread rapidly to the UK, but most Britons will not become seriously ill due to rising immunity.  

According to a British epidemiologist, having 2 vaccinations (or Covid) previously provides 85-90% protection against serious illnesses.

He said that even though they have immunity to the disease, Britons are still vulnerable.

As the hospital case load rises dramatically, he said that hospitals could become overwhelmed within the week. 

SAGE scientists warn that Christmas could be cancelled again this year. They are calling for a 2-week lockdown on circuit breakers and an indoor ban to prevent Omicron Covid waves from causing hospitalisations at 3000 per day. 

Professor Lockdown Neil Ferguson (pictured) said having two vaccinations or Covid previously offers 85-90 percent protection from serious illness, he added

Professor Lockdown Neil Ferguson (pictured), stated that having 2 vaccinations, or Covid before provides 85-90% protection against serious illnesses.

The minutes from a Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies meeting (Sage), leaked, warn of restrictions needed’very quickly’ in order to prevent hospitalisations reaching 3,000 a days. 

Professor Ferguson said: “From a public-health perspective, it means that we expect the immunity people have built over the past 12 months to be more protected against serious disease than infection. 

‘If you’ve been infected before or only had two doses of the vaccine you have very little protection against being infected with Omicron.

“But, the protection against severe illness should last well. Perhaps 85-90 percent protection.’

He stated that the’very widespread epidemic’ was a sign that ‘even this level of protection’ does not guarantee safety and can lead to “very high numbers of hospitalisations”.

“With the increasing amount of data that is coming in. He said that it was a concern that we would be moving into something which could affect the behavior of the health system. 

“People are changing their behavior, and that is having an effect. It is not clear if it is sufficient. 

He added that Omicron did not yet appear to be more severe than the previous Delta and Alpha variants.

Britain's daily Covid cases have rocketed to record levels for the third day in a row with 93,000 people diagnosed in 24 hours

Britain’s Covid cases rose to new heights for the third consecutive day, with 93,000 patients diagnosed within 24 hours.

Covid hospital admissions have spiked by more than a third in a week in Britain's Omicron hotspot of London, official data shows. Some 199 infected patients were admitted to wards in London on Tuesday, the most recent day UKHSA figures are available for

According to official data, the number of covid hospital admissions has risen by more than three times in one week in London’s Omicron Hotspot. 

He said: ‘The severity aspect is the least well defined because we’ve observed relatively few hospitalisations. The number of cases is low. We don’t see a particularly strong signal of any change in severity compared with Delta. 

‘That’s not to say it’s going to look like the Alpha wave we had a year ago because we do expect all those people with immunity and vaccination will have milder disease. 

‘But intrinsically Omicron doesn’t look to be much different to Delta. There is a lot of uncertainty so we’ll know a lot more about that in a week’s time because numbers of cases and hospitalisations are building quickly.’  

The professor also said the 10-day quarantine should be cut to seven days if people are made to test negative before they are released. 

Columbia researchers found that all four major Covid vaccines, (L-R) Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, failed to consistently provide adequate protection against the Omicron variant on their own. People jabbed with Pfizer produced 21 times less antibodies against Omicron, while protection from Moderna fell nine-fold. And neutralising antibodies from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson were almost undetectable. People who had been triple-jabbed (far right graph) with Pfizer and Moderna showed a 6.5-fold drop in neutralising antibodies against Omicron, compared to the levels recorded when their blood was exposed to the Wuhan strain

Columbia researchers found that all four major Covid vaccines, (L-R) Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, failed to consistently provide adequate protection against the Omicron variant on their own. Pfizer was found to produce 21 times less Omicron antibodies than Moderna. Moderna protection fell ninefold. And neutralising antibodies from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson were almost undetectable. The neutralizing antibodies to Omicron that were detected in triple-jabbed people (right graph) by Moderna and Pfizer was 6.5 times lower than the level recorded after they had been exposed to the Wuhan strain.

A separate study by researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard also found two doses of vaccine are less effective against Omicron. However, their study showed third doses bring neutralising antibodies back to the level they were against the Delta variant. The graphs show neutralising antibody levels against the original version of Covid compared to Delta (left) and Omicron (right). The dotted black line shows antibody levels after two jabs, while the solid black line shows antibody protection after three jabs. The booster line is much steep against Omicron, meaning that third doses there is higher protection after three jabs, the researchers said

In a separate study, researchers from Harvard, MIT, Ragon Institute and MGH found that Omicron was less susceptible to vaccines than two different doses. Their study found that third-dose vaccines produce neutralizing antibodies at the same level as the Delta version. Below are graphs showing neutralising antibodies levels against Covid original (left), and Omicron. (right). The solid line displays antibody protection following three jabs. Researchers stated that Omicron is more resistant to boosters than Omicron. This means there’s greater protection with third jabs.

‘It’s always a trade off between effectiveness and people’s adherence. It could also be combined with lateral flow testing to test for release. This was considered several months ago. 

‘All the modelling and analysis would suggest if it’s coupled with lateral flow testing it’s not going to reduce the effectiveness of the measures that much. 

‘If it’s a change from 10 days to 7 days with no testing then you have a slightly bigger impact on the effectiveness of the measures.’

The UK’s Omicron variant threat will be discussed at an emergency Cobra meeting. The meeting will raise fears that more curbs could be imposed before Christmas – despite the opposition of Tory MPs and Downing Street’s apparent determination to get through without them.

It comes as Britain recorded its highest number of daily infections since the pandemic began, with a total of 93,045 people testing positive for Covid in the past 24 hours, up 60 per cent in a week. 

Industry experts feared that the government’s alarmist messages about the Omicron mutant strain were affecting customers confidence during what should have been a peak time for bars, restaurants and pubs.

Festive takings will fall up to 40% in December. This is a devastating blow to venues that have survived previous lockdowns but are not expecting financial assistance.