Covid Plan-B: Boris Johnson supported by cabinet to keep restrictions in place ahead of review

No 10 gave an account of the Cabinet meeting, stating that the Prime Minister told his top team the 'next few weeks would be very challenging'

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Boris Johnson has the support of his Cabinet to keep Plan B restrictions in place ahead of a review of the regulations before they expire on January 26, Downing Street said.

No 10 gave an account of the Cabinet meeting, stating that the Prime Minister told his top team the “next few weeks would be very challenging, particularly for the NHS where the number of people going into hospital because of Omicron will increase”.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

“The Prime Minister said the UK’s balanced approach, together with new evidence that Omicron is less severe than Delta, meant it was right to maintain the Plan B measures, with a further review before the regulations expire on January 26,” the statement added.

“The Prime Minister said the Government would continue to give the NHS all the support it needs to further manage the pressure it is under.

“Cabinet agreed this approach and put on record its thanks and appreciation for the incredible efforts of NHS staff who are once again rising to the challenge of the global pandemic.”