‘Storm clouds gathering in Europe’: PM issues COVID warning and urges Britons to get their booster jab

Boris Johnson has warned the rising COVID cases in Europe could be seen in the UK if people do not get their booster jabs fast enough.

Both the Netherlands and Austria today announced fresh lockdown rules in the coming days as cases rise again in some European countries.

The prime minister said: “I’m seeing the storm clouds gathering over parts of the European continent and I’ve got to be absolutely frank with people, we’ve been here before and we remember what happened when a wave starts rolling in.

“The UK has built up a huge amount of protection thanks to the vaccine rollout and people’s amazing willingness to come forward and get jabbed.

“What I’m saying today is the urgency of getting that booster jab is more prevalent than ever.

“If you can get it, it’s a great thing, the levels of protection it gives you are terrific so over 50s we’re now calling forward, they should come and get it.

“What I’m also saying is if we don’t do it fast enough we can see the potential risks to the state of the pandemic and what’s happening in other parts of Europe.”