| 27 September 2022, Tuesday |

UK’s Johnson to scrap Plan B COVID restrictions – The Telegraph

The Telegraph claimed on Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is going to abolish Plan B COVID limitations in England, despite government experts warning against prematurely abandoning Plan B.

COVID passports and work-from-home instructions are largely likely to be abolished on January 26 for England, according to the study, while certain restrictions on face masks may stay.

According to the report, an announcement might be made as soon as this week.

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 increase in overall impact of the wave on hospitalizations.

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 passes to enter some venues.

Johnson said last week that England could withstand a surge in COVID-19 infections without shutting down the economy, resisting imposing stringent lockdown measures.

  • Reuters