The Well being Secretary acknowledged the choices may have a “actual affect on our liberties”, however insisted that taking motion now’s the one technique to keep away from having to impose more durable measures later.
With omicron having a doubling charge of two-and-a-half to 3 days, Mr Javid instructed Sky Information: “It will imply, at that charge, by the top of this month we might hit about a million infections in the neighborhood all through the UK.
“We have at all times been clear that ought to the information change and may it transfer within the flawed path and it seemed just like the NHS would possibly come below unsustainable strain … we might act and implement Plan B.
“I do not take pleasure in doing that, no-one does – it’s a very tough factor for many individuals, asking them to work-from-home or sporting face masks and issues, it’s a actual affect on our liberties.
“However I hope that folks will perceive that by taking decisive motion now, we are able to doubtlessly keep away from motion later.”