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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Wednesday, December 8, while trying to weather general outrage over a Christmas party allegedly held in Downing Street when it was banned by Covid-19.
On Friday the masks will again be mandatory in all interior places. On Monday he will return to teleworking. Health passports will also be imposed to access places such as nightclubs.
With 568 cases identified in the country, and a real number 'surely much higher', 'it is increasingly clear that the Ómicron spreads much faster' than previous variants, explained Johnson, in a press conference where he had to defend the credibility of his government, accused of having violated anti-covid rules last Christmas.
The controversy has not stopped growing for more than a week and put the prime minister in trouble: a poll by SavantaComRes showed that 54% of those surveyed believed that he should resign.
Trying to calm things down, the conservative leader announced in the House of Commons that he had 'asked the cabinet secretary to investigate' whether members of his staff broke the rules.
If so, 'there will be consequences,' he promised, stating 'to understand and share the anger of the entire country,' claiming to be 'furious' over a video leaked to the press in which his former spokesperson, Allegra Stratton, and other collaborators joked about the alleged Illegal party, an 'offense' for which Johnson apologized 'without reservation.'
Stratton, a renowned 41-year-old former journalist who was chosen in October 2020 to become the face of government communication, conducting daily White House-style televised press conferences. In a tearful press conference, she announced her resignation shortly before a presentation by the prime minister and his senior health advisors during which he faced a barrage of angry questions from normally supportive media.
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