(CMR) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a Christmas lockdown was not completely off the table as he made a desperate plea for Britons to get their booster jabs. With the UK's daily COVID-19 cases rising and with the virus rapidly increasing across Europe, the PM warned that the UK could not afford to be complacent.
Johnson said people should get a booster if they want to avoid restrictions on their daily lives. He also urged those who are fully vaccinated to get the booster shot.
The PM, who was speaking at a Downing Street press conference, confirmed that people in their forties would be offered a booster jab, and older teenagers would get second doses.
Asked if a lockdown would be necessary if cases continue to rise, Johnson said ‘clearly we cannot rule anything out' but insisted he didn't ‘see anything in the data that says we have to go now'.
Critics have warned that if the UK does not reimplement restrictions such as mask-wearing, then the virus could create havoc over the Winter.
Austria announced draconian new lockdown measures for the unvaccinated after a dramatic increase in infections. The Netherlands has also imposed a curfew on pubs and restaurants to deal with rising cases.