UK's Johnson to scrap Plan B Covid-19 restrictions: Media

15/1/2022 7:55:00 AM

UK's Johnson to scrap Plan B Covid-19 restrictions: Media

https://str.sg/wQqaLONDON (REUTERS) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to lift Plan B Covid-19 restrictions in England, the Telegraph reported on Friday (Jan 14), as government scientists warn on dropping of Plan B prematurely.It is widely expected inside Whitehall for Covid-19 passports and work from home guidance to be lifted from Jan 26 for England, the report said, adding that some rules on face masks may remain.

An announcement could come as soon as this week, it said.On Friday, the government published minutes from a Jan 7 meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that said the epidemic had the potential to continue to grow nationally.The group also warned that if there were a reversal of current interventions like Plan B in England, before the peak in infection was passed, it could lead to an increase in the overall impact of the wave on hospitalisations.

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sg/wQqa LONDON (REUTERS) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to lift Plan B Covid-19 restrictions in England, the Telegraph reported on Friday (Jan 14), as government scientists warn on dropping of Plan B prematurely. It is widely expected inside Whitehall for Covid-19 passports and work from home guidance to be lifted from Jan 26 for England, the report said, adding that some rules on face masks may remain. The study used samples from 2020, when the original virus strain was still dominant, so it was not clear how relevant the results are amid the spread of the Delta and Omicron variants, given different infectious and incubation periods. An announcement could come as soon as this week, it said. Pro-Brexit Sunak's public speaking ability, smart appearance and slick communications style are in stark contrast to Johnson, earning him comparisons to former prime minister Tony Blair. On Friday, the government published minutes from a Jan 7 meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that said the epidemic had the potential to continue to grow nationally. More On This Topic. The group also warned that if there were a reversal of current interventions like Plan B in England, before the peak in infection was passed, it could lead to an increase in the overall impact of the wave on hospitalisations. Following his mea culpa, most Tory MPs interviewed by Bloomberg said they would now wait for the findings of a formal probe into the pandemic rule-breaking party - and other Downing Street gatherings - before deciding on any next steps.

Plan B, introduced last month to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, includes ordering people to work from home, wear masks in public places and use Covid-19 passes to enter some venues. His father-in-law is Indian tech billionaire Narayana Murthy. Mr Johnson said last week that England could withstand a surge in Covid-19 infections without shutting down the economy, resisting imposing stringent lockdown measures. More On This Topic .