Even before then, some "experts" are already recommending a return of pandemic mitigation measures, including mask wearing, and increased ventilation because of the virus' resurgence.
Others have instead urged ministers to reconsider vaccine eligibility criteria, after the Government ditched plans last month to offer the jabs to under 65s this winter.
Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at Warwick University, also said: 'I can't see a situation where severe mitigation measures will be necessary or acceptable.
But he added: 'Having said that, the unpredictability of Covid and its impact means that we can't simply ignore this virus.
'Providing access to free lateral flow tests would be one way to encourage people to regularly test and, where necessary, self-isolate to prevent the virus from spreading.
'This measure alongside other mitigations — masking, ventilation, expansion of access to the Covid vaccine — would help us get through the winter by protecting the most vulnerable and preventing the other consequences of Covid.
Pirola, scientifically called BA.2.86, is a mutated cousin of Omicron and was first detected in Israel and Denmark last month.
It is one of more than 600 Omicron sub-variants currently circulating, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Other sub-variants include Kraken (XBB.1.5) and Orthrus (CH.1.1).
As with all viruses Covid constantly changes through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in new variants. In real life, each new mutation of Covid has made it even weaker, which is invariably what hapens with such viruses. But, in this case, each new variant provides various vested interests with the excuse for a new scare.
There is no doubt that many of those responsible for the hysteria and tyranny last time would just love to repeat it all. If a new variant can be portrayed as being remotely dangerous, they'll try it all over again. Only one thing will stop them: Mas public refusal to comply with ANY of it!
That means no masks. No more jabs. No compliance with any lockdown measures. And enormous pressure, boycotts and public ridicule for any individual or business going along with it. Resistance is obligatory!