Jump to content

Should we be worried about a Christmas lockdown in the UK amid Europe Covid wave?

Rob Thompson

Recommended Posts

Should we be worried about a Christmas lockdown in the UK amid Europe Covid wave?

Source - ITV News

Date - 1301102021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested he is worried a "wave" of Covid-19 infections in Europe could affect the UK.

Austria and the Netherlands - where cases have been rising rapidly - announced on Friday there would be partial lockdowns.

Germany has also had a steep rise in cases, with more than 48,000 new infections recorded in 24 hours.


Mr Johnson has urged the public to get their booster jabs in order to combat the rise in cases being felt in other parts of the continent.

'We remember what happens when a wave starts rolling in' PM warns on Covid
Austria and Netherlands back into lockdown measures as cases rise across Europe
The rise in infections in Europe comes at a time when Brits are starting to attend Christmas-dos and prepare for the festive season.

So how worried should we be about Covid encroaching on our festivities this year? ITV News asked epidemiologists what they thought.

Will infections rise in the UK?

Maybe. But experts are not expecting any significant rise like what we saw in June and July.

Matt Keeling, who has been leading the Covid-19 research at Warwick University, said the UK will likely experience more imports of infection as a result of the Europe wave.

But he said "most infection is 'home grown' with imports only contributing a tiny fraction".

Austrian police checking restaurant diners have had their jabs as country goes into partial lockdown.

Although he admitted the trend in Europe is "worrying", he says there is currently nothing to suggest Christmas is cancelled.

Modelling published by the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) suggests cases and hospital admissions could fall in the next couple of months, he said.

But he warned: "These are only projections and are conditional on a number of assumptions - most notably that people don't dramatically change their behaviour, and that there is good uptake of the booster jabs."

Prof Keeling and Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at the University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School, both agree the wave in Europe is not new, explaining the UK has been leading the wave since summer.

Prof Hunter said: "The UK has been living through this wave since August with a pre-wave that happened in June/July around the Euros football championships. So, we have already gone through this wave and have greater immunity as a result.

"That doesn’t mean to say we will not see further rises in the UK, just not as dramatic as is currently being seen in Europe, and that is because immunity wanes.

"So the European wave is them catching up with us."

Full Story: 


ITV News asked epidemiologists whether we should be worried as infections rise in Europe and whether we should be attending Christmas parties. | ITV National News


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I must confess, the current rise in infection, in spite of the positive response to the vaccination programme, is a worry and the potential of another Christmas lockdown, well, that would be dreadful.

Hope and prayers we dont get there.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites



  • Days
  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Seconds

Post your pictures and comments here daily!

  • Donations

    All donations go directly towards the cost of hosting and running ClausNet!

    Your support, through donations or simply by clicking on sponsor links, is greatly appreciated!

    Donate Sidebar by DevFuse
  • Our picks

    • How do You Portray Santa?
      Portraying Santa is acting; it is a characterization of a mythical character.

      Most of us never think of ourselves as actors, but we are. Certain characteristics of Santa Claus have been handed down from one generation to another. The way we dress and conduct ourselves all follow an established pattern.

      Santa Claus is one of the most recognizable characters throughout the world. This came about from the advertising campaign of the Coke Cola Company and the creative painting genius, of Haddon Sundblom. Coke Cola was looking to increase winter sales of its soft drink and hired Sundblom to produce illustrations for prominent magazines. These illustrations appeared during the holiday season from the late 1930s into the early 1970s and set the standard for how Santa should look.

      This characterization of Santa with rosy cheeks, a white beard, handlebar mustache plus a red costume trimmed in white fur is the image most everyone has in their minds. Unconsciously people are going to judge you against that image. If your beard isn’t white or you have a soiled suit it will register with the onlooker.

      By the way, the majority of Sundblom's paintings depict Santa with a Brown Belt and Brown Boots. Not until his later illustrations did he change the color to Black for these items. Within the past few years many costume companies have offered the Coke Cola Suit and it has become very popular. You can tell it by the large buttons and absence of fur down the front of the jacket.

      No matter how you portray Santa, be it home visits, schools, churches, parades, corporate events, malls, hospitals we all make an entrance and an impression! The initial impression we make determines if our client will ask us to return.

      The 5 Second Rule

      I have a theory: When you enter the presence of your audience you have about 5 seconds to make people believe you are the real Santa.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 13 replies
    • If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
      The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not?

      Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days.
        • Love
        • Like
      • 30 replies
    • Not Everyone Can Be Santa!
      Yes, I said it and it is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. I do view many Facebook sites along with websites and posted photos. Frankly, many of these postings should have never been put on public display.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 9 replies
    • Auld Lang Syne
      Every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, millions around the world traditionally gather together to sing the same song, “Auld Lang Syne”. As revilers mumble though the song’s versus, it often brings many of them to tears – regardless of the fact that most don’t know or even understand the lyrics. Confusion over the song’s lyrics is almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. Of course that rarely stops anyone from joining in.
        • Wow
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 3 replies
    • Merry Christmas, My Friend
      Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”.

      However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt.

      Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C.

      That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991.
        • Sad
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
  • Create New...