The UK health minister Sajid Javid confirmed that the government’s work from home is a reasonable idea, taking into account the current epidemiological situation across England.
From today, the United Kingdom should work from home if possible. That is the only advice from the health minister Javid. The rule comes into effect from Dec 13, said Javid and added that the government’s got to act early over growth in omicron cases, The Guardian has learned.
Commenting on the new restriction, the top medical official added that the distant working is not just a distraction. Such a mode can be really difficult for people to be away from the office, not to have that social interaction, it can impact their life chances, so we wouldn’t take this action lightly at all.
UK health secretary Sajid Javid has said “we’ve got to act early” over the Omicron variant because of the threat of exponential growth, despite a low-level of hospitalisations and no reported deaths in the UK yet involving the new variant.
“Omicron has only taken hold in the UK in the last three weeks. It’s already growing at a rate of doubling two to three times two every two to three days. It’s doubling and at that rate you will have a million infections by the end of the month,” Sky News quotes Javid.
In his efforts to explain the situation, Javid said that with Delta, let’s assume that of all the infections around 2% of those people end up in hospital. The novel omicron could be half the severity. “That’s just half it. If it’s 1% of a much larger number, you still end up in a lot of hospitalisations,” the UK health minister Sajid Javid said.