Covid: Boris Johnson confirms Plan B rules to continue for three weeks

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Ten Downing Street on Wednesday, Jan 5, 2021.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Ten Downing Street on Wednesday, Jan 5, 2021. (VX News Wire/ Vudi Xhymshiti)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Ten Downing Street on Wednesday, Jan 5, 2021. (VX News Wire/ Vudi Xhymshiti)

Government ministers are expected to review plan B measures introduced in December but no tighter restrictions are planned to be introduced as the daily number of Covid-19 infections reached a record number of 218,724 cases yesterday, with NHS experiencing substantial pressure due to staff absences and an increase in patient numbers driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, which is being debated in the House of Commons.

London, UK (BBC News) England’s current Plan B rules will continue, for now, Boris Johnson has confirmed – as new figures show a record one in 15 people had Covid on New Year’s Eve.

In an update to MPs, the prime minister said the Covid measures will be reviewed again by 26 January. The rules cannot be scrapped completely because hospital admissions are rising rapidly, he added. Omicron continues to spread widely, with some hospitals struggling to cope.

A record 3.7 million people in the UK had Covid in the week to New Year’s Eve – an extra million more than the week before – according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

This equates to one in 15 people in England, one in 20 people in Scotland and Wales, and one in 25 in Northern Ireland.

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