Protesters chant ‘No to discrimination’ at London demonstration against Covid-pass plans

Demonstrators gathered today in London to demonstrate against plans to pass Covid-19 as part of the government’s Plan B restrictions to contain the highly mutated Omicron variant.

Anti-Covid protesters carried banners comparing Boris Johnson to Adolf Hitler and placards reading “No to exclusion, to checkpoints, to discrimination” during protests outside Westminster this afternoon.

Permits, which require proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from Covid-19, are set to become mandatory at clubs and large events from next week.

Demonstrators today called on the government to “stop Covid permits, Big Brother Watch” as they gathered in Westminster.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new Plan B rules on Wednesday amid a spike in Covid-19 cases after the mutated Omicron variant arrived in the UK.

The alternative already accounts for 30 per cent of new Covid cases in London, according to confidential data given to ministers, and government scientists have warned that stricter measures are needed to avoid hospital overcrowding.

Demonstrators gathered today in London to demonstrate against plans to pass Covid-19 as part of the government’s restrictions on Plan B to contain the highly mutated Omicron variant

Demonstrators against the Covid Corridor hold banners comparing Boris Johnson to Adolf Hitler during protests outside Westminster this afternoon

Demonstrators against the Covid Corridor hold banners comparing Boris Johnson to Adolf Hitler during protests outside Westminster this afternoon

Today's protesters carried a banner reading 'Stop Covid passes, Big Brother Watch' as ​​they gathered outside Westminster calling on the government to scrap Covid-19 card plans

Demonstrators today carried a banner reading ‘Stop Covid passes, Big Brother Watch’ as ​​they gathered outside Westminster calling on the government to cancel Covid-19 card plans

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A man holds a sign that reads 'No to Exclusion, Checkpoints, Discrimination, Covid Identity Card'

Protesters gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster today carrying placards reading “No to passport vaccinations, Yes to physical autonomy” and “No to exclusion, to checkpoints, to discrimination, Covid ID”

Dozens of protesters gathered outside both houses of Parliament on Saturday afternoon calling for the government to revoke the Covid-19 permits announced by Boris Johnson as part of Plan B restrictions to curb the spread of the super-variant Omicron.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside both houses of Parliament on Saturday afternoon calling for the government to revoke the Covid-19 permits announced by Boris Johnson as part of Plan B restrictions to curb the spread of the super-variant Omicron.

Woman holding anti-Covid traffic signs

A man protesting in Westminster today

Demonstrators against Covid Corridor hold signs reading ‘No to exclusion, to checkpoints, to discrimination’ during protests outside Westminster this afternoon

Demonstrators also gathered outside the Etihad Stadium in Manchester City to protest against the safety of vaccines and Covid-19 passes ahead of the Premier League team’s match at midday.

The protesters drew attention to footballers, including Sergio Aguero, who collapsed after being vaccinated. There is no evidence that the vaccine is associated with high profile collapses.

Other protesters carried placards reading ‘Covid is hoax, stop the stroke’ and ‘Cardiac arrests in football are the new normal. Look for Georgia’s guideposts!’.

The protesters drew attention to footballers, including Sergio Aguero, who collapsed after being vaccinated.

A protester holds a sign that says

The protesters drew attention to footballers, including Sergio Aguero, who collapsed after being vaccinated. There is no evidence that the vaccine is associated with high profile collapses

Other protesters carried placards with the words

Other protesters carried placards reading “Covid is hoax, stop the stroke” and “Cardiac arrests in football are the new normal. Georgia Research Guidelines!”

Demonstrators also gathered outside the Etihad Stadium in Manchester City to protest against the safety of vaccines and Covid-19 passes ahead of the Premier League team's match at midday.

Demonstrators also gathered outside the Etihad Stadium in Manchester City to protest against the safety of vaccines and Covid-19 passes ahead of the Premier League team’s match at midday.

It comes as government scientists today warned that stricter measures are needed to deal with a variant they said would cause about 2,500 hospital admissions per day this winter even under Plan B restrictions.

Modeling by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) suggests the strain could cause between 25,000 and 75,000 deaths in England over the next five months and more hospitalizations in January than last year.

The researchers – who also sit on the Spi-M SAGE modeling subgroup advising No. 10 – said restrictions similar to phase two of the roadmap out of lockdown, which includes banning indoor social contact in bars and restaurants, may be needed to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed. .

They suggested that these measures be introduced on “Boxing Day” to stem the tide of admissions and deaths, and added that increasing the implementation of the boost to the government’s target of 500,000 per day would do little to limit losses.

But the data was based on the assumption that Omicron causes as many serious diseases as Delta, which was called into question after preliminary data from South Africa suggested the strain might cause fewer hospitalizations.

While the Covid booster vaccines have been shown to be effective against Omicron, there are concerns that millions of people who have not yet received the third vaccination could be unprotected from virus symptoms without it.

Officials stress that the two doses should provide high protection against severe disease, but that even a small decrease in that can lead to an increase in cases of hopsitalisation.

The first part of the government’s plan (B) went into effect yesterday with the introduction of mandatory face masks in enclosed spaces such as theaters, cinemas and churches.

New work-from-home guidelines will go into effect on Monday, and lawmakers will vote on Tuesday to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs and big venues.

It came as reports emerged yesterday that the UK government was already working on ‘Plan C’ for Covid restrictions, which could see new restrictions imposed on care homes in the run-up to Christmas and masks being made mandatory in pubs and restaurants.

The controversial vaccine passports could also be extended to more places as part of emergency measures being rolled out inside Downing Street if the Omicron super variant proves to be as dangerous as scientists fear.

But No10 insisted he had “no plans” to plan C or close the circuit breaker over Christmas. “We believe the Plan B actions are the right approach and strike the right balance,” said the prime minister’s official spokesman.

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