6 December 2021
Andrew Bridgen calls for restrictions to be lifted if omicron cases continue to show relatively mild symptoms

Andrew Bridgen notes that the normal evolution of a virus is to increase in transmissibility, but reduce in pathogenicity over time and, given that none of the 336 cases of omicron variant confirmed in the UK has yet resulted in hospitalisation, calls for all restrictions to be lifted shortly.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

My right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), who is no longer in her place, has already confirmed and reminded the House that the normal evolution of a virus is to increase in transmissibility, but reduce in pathogenicity over time. The Secretary of State has already informed the House that none of the 336 cases of omicron confirmed in the UK has yet resulted in hospitalisation. Does he agree that that is tremendously good news and that we should look forward next week to hopefully having all restrictions lifted?

Sajid Javid (The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care)

Let us see what next week brings.

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