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Boris Johnson to hold Downing Street press conference at 5pm

Boris Johnson is set to address the nation alongside chief medical advisor Sir Chris Whitty and scientist Patrick Vallance.

The prime minister will hold a press conference later today from Downing Street as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly.

Boris Johnson will update the country at 5pm, alongside chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Sir Chris Whitty.

Mr Johnson will provide an update on Covid-19 figures and possible restrictions. The last Covid-19 press conference three weeks ago, on Tuesday 21 December, was not live and instead, delivered by a pre-recorded video.

It is unlikely that Boris Johnson will set out new Covid-19 measures. 

The conference today comes as His latest update comes as Plan B measures are up for review this week.

It also comes as a number of hospital trusts have declared critical incidents saying they are under too much pressure, and some schools are preparing for a return to home learning.

Scientists have been calling for tougher restrictions in England to control the spread of Covid-19.

The Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, has said schools should be prepared to merge classes into large groups if staff levels dip too low., Mr Zahawi has also confirmed that the Cabinet will meet to discuss the restrictions on Wednesday 5 January.

However, new restrictions in England are unlikely after the Prime Minister appeared to rule out any new measures yesterday.

Speaking on a visit to a vaccination hub in the Guttman Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Mr Johnson said the Omicron variant of coronavirus is “plainly milder” than other strains.

He said: “There’s no question Omicron continues to surge through the country.

“I think we’ve got to recognise that the pressure on our NHS, on our hospitals, is going to be considerable in the course of the next couple of weeks, and maybe more.”

You will be able to watch the announcement via a live stream on Twitter. It will also be shown on TV on BBC News and Sky News, accessible online through BBC iPlayer here and the Sky News live YouTube stream.

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