UPDATED 8: 12 AM PT – Tuesday, December 21, 2021
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns more lockdowns may be on the horizon for the United Kingdom. Johnson made these remarks in an interview Monday.
“I have something to say to the British public, and I have something to say to everyone, that we will not hesitate to go further, if necessary, to protect the public,” Johnson stated.
The prime minister believes that additional measures might be needed to stop the spread of Omicron variant.
Johnson acknowledged that some industries could be affected by COVID restrictions but said the measures were for the greater good.
“That has had consequences in some parts our economy and some parts the hospitality sector,” Johnson said. It can help to reduce the R, the rate at which the disease is spreading, that can be very beneficial to us and the country
Johnson stressed that vaccinations and restrictions are the only ways to defeat the new variant, despite the fact that vaccines have been shown to be less effective than the previous strains.