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Boris Johnson set to review Covid-19 Plan B measures this afternoon

Boris Johnson will speak at the House of Commons this afternoon.

The prime minister will meet with his Cabinet this morning to review England’s Covid Plan B measures.

The ministers will confirm what Boris Johnson already announced at yesterday’s Downing Street press conference – no new restrictions will be introduced, despite the Omicron variant causing record case numbers.

In the afternoon Mr Johnson will address Parliament on its first day back after the Christmas break.

It is expected that the current rules, which include face mask mandates in public indoor spaces and Covid-19 passes for large venues and events, are to be extended, with no additional restrictions, as laid out yesterday.

Pre-departure lateral flow tests for travel to the UK are expected to be scrapped, and confirmatory PCRs will reportedly not be needed after positive lateral flows.

Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, Boris Johnson said: “As our NHS moves to a war footing, I will be recommending to the cabinet that we continue with Plan B.

“We have a chance to ride out this Omicron wave without shutting down our country once again.

“We can keep our schools and our businesses open, and we can find a way to live with this virus.”

The PM also announced yesterday that the Government will provide 100,000 critical workers in England with free lateral flow tests to help keep essential services and supply chains running.

You can watch the Prime Minister’s statement on BBC Parliament, which you can find online via BBC iPlayer here.

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