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Covid restrictions unlikely to be tightened in next 3 weeks but Omicron variant ‘can’t be stopped’ warns health minister

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BORIS Johnson has no plans to bring in any further Covid restrictions in the next three weeks, a minister said today.

Health minister Ed Argar said another tightening up of curbs on daily life is “not something I’m anticipating”.

Health minister Ed Argar

And he insisted he’s “looking forward to a Christmas with family and friends” despite the Omicron variant fears.

The PM announced on Saturday travel rules are being tightened and mandatory masks reintroduced in public spaces.

People will have to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport – but not in pubs and restaurants.

Mr Argar said there’s no plan to tighten restrictions “at this point” and that “hopefully we won’t need to make any changes”.

Sajid Javid will today give a major update to MPs today on Britain’s fight against the Omicron variant.

The health secretary is set to update Parliament on the new battle with the virus at around 3.30pm.

His appearance will come with scientists expected to green light booster jabs for all UK adults today.

The JCVI expert group may also cut the gap between the second and third dose to five months.

Three cases of the new Omicron super strain have already been identified in Britain.

Mr Argar admitted that number will inevitably rise and the UK “can’t stop” the variant spreading.

He warned the best No 10 can hope for is to “slow it down” while scientists learn more.

And he said it will take up to three weeks for them to properly understand the new strain.




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