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Boris Johnson to hold major press conference next week to unveil Covid winter plan – here’s what is expected

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BORIS Johnson will hold a major press conference next week to unveil his Covid winter plan for the country.

The Prime Minister is expected to tell the public how the booster jab programme will roll out as we prepare to tackle coronavirus over the coming months.

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The PM will unveil the winter plans in a major press conference next week[/caption]

Boris is expected to say that vaccines will continue to be the first line of defence over the autumn and winter – a high-risk time for Covid as other respiratory illnesses circulate.

One major step set to be revealed is that the powers held to shut down swathes of the economy and impose limits on gatherings and events will be repealed.

The red tape roll-back is part of a masterplan from the PM, who is desperate to avoid any further lockdowns.

The temporary closing or limiting access to schools and powers to detain infectious people under the Coronavirus Act — called draconian by some Tory MPs — are no longer seen as necessary.

Downing Street views vaccines as the country’s “first line of defence” as we enter autumn and look to winter.

But there are still fears across Whitehall of Covid circulating alongside flu — while the threat of a new variant concerns ministers.


Mr Johnson said: “Thanks to the efforts of the public, the NHS and our phenomenal vaccination programme, we reached Step 4 in our road map and life has returned to a sense of normality.

“These extraordinary times required necessary but intrusive measures. But I’m determined to get rid of any powers we no longer need because of our vaccine defences.

“I will set out the next phase in our Covid response shortly.”

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