Omicron cases rise by 65% in 24 hours as Brits urged to get their booster jabs

OMICRON cases have risen by 65 per cent in 24 hours as Brits are urged to get their life-saving Covid booster jabs.

An additional 1,239 cases of Omicron have been recorded today, bringing the total number of confirmed variant cases to 3,137.

The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) said cases of the mutation have increased in the last day as fears continue to grow over Omicron.

Yesterday, 633 new cases of the variant were recorded – which means mutation cases are on the rise with today's 1,239 infections.

However, the health agency provided the first UK-based batch of evidence on vaccine efficacy against the strain – showing that three shots were far more protective than two.

No10 is scrambling to stave off a winter surge and is begging Brits to get their boosters as The Sun's Jabs Army campaign marshals its recruits.

This comes as MPs have allegedly been warned to be "on standby" to vote on new restrictions during Christmas week as Omicron continues to grip the nation.

Plan C may be enacted before Christmas as MPs have been told to prepare for a Parliament recall on December 21 if the Covid situation spirals, it's been reported.

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This could mean indoor mask-wearing and table service in pubs and bars may be back before the festive season.

And according to sources, a Plan D is already being considered – which would force punters to dine outdoors again.

A Health Department source said: “If you follow the science, we should really be doing Plan C now. The PM is gambling with the NHS to save his leadership.

“But we all know the PM can’t let anything hit Christmas. That really did him damage last time round. To do it again would be killer.”

Boris is allegedly hoping he can postpone any new restrictions needed until New Year’s Day at the earliest.

Professor Stephen Reicher of St Andrews University added: “Omicron is coming at us like an express train. We must slow it down to buy time otherwise we will be in a crisis at Christmas.”

Meanwhile, Sajid Javid has been told to trigger Plan C restrictions within a WEEK by gloomy health officials, it's been reported.

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The Health Secretary was allegedly told by doom-mongers at the UK Health and Security Agency that Omicron risks overwhelming the NHS as 5,000 Brits could be admitted to hospital a day.

However – a third jab can combat Omicron and save us from more lockdown pain, says a morale-boosting study.

Any two doses plus a Pfizer booster give up to 75 per cent protection, experts say.

Three shots also defend better against severe disease or death — but two doses will soon fail to prevent even a third of cases.

Mr Javid said: “This data shows how important boosters are.”

Mary Ramsay, jabs chief at the UKHSA, said: “These early estimates show that, a few months after the second jab, there is a greater risk of catching Omicron compared to Delta.

“But the data suggests this risk is significantly reduced following a booster vaccine.

“We expect the vaccines to show higher protection against the serious complications of Covid-19.”

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