Considering the recent spike in Covid infections, Downing Street confirmed it is keeping tabs on the two Omicron variant spin-offs that might be responsible for the spike. Also, Boris Johnson's spokesman claimed that the situation is being monitored 'very closely' as hospitalisations have begun to rise.
He made it clear that the government was not considering imposing further curbs at this point and would stick to its 'living with Covid' plan.
In England, Covid cases have nearly doubled in a fortnight and more than 1,000 virus-infected patients are being admitted each day.
'We are obviously seeing the emergence of two Omicron sub-variants, which is likely the driving cause for the rise in cases,' the No10 spokesman said.
'The latest data suggests these are now the dominant strains in the UK. But, so far, vaccination means those rising cases haven't translated into a rise of severe illness or death with no increase in ICU admissions.'
During the week to June 18, 1.36million people in England were infected, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).