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Boris Johnson is set to hold a TV press conference later today after 14 confirmed cases of the Omicron Covid variant have been detected in the UK.
He is expected to update the public on new Covid rules which came into effect at 4am on Tuesday morning, including the new compulsory face masks in shops and on public transport.
The Prime Minister will urge people to get their booster vaccines after the rollout was extended to all over-18s and the gap between second and third doses halved to three months.
He will also likely speak about new travel rules which force all arrivals to take a Day 2 PCR test and isolate until it comes back negative.
The PM has also not yet enacted all of England’s ‘Plan B’ measures, leaving vaccine passports for nightclubs and stadiums in reserve.
And the government has not advised people in England to work from home where possible, despite the Scottish government doing that north of the border.
Asked if the Government might tighten up England’s rules even further in the next three weeks, minister Edward Argar said: "It's not something I'm anticipating."
But the PM’s spokesman did not rule out tighter travel rules, or tighter rules after the new restrictions are reviewed in three weeks' time.
The Scottish and Welsh governments however have demanded that Mr Johnson goes further and keeps all arrivals in isolation until they return a Day 8 negative test.
No10 however have said the PM was not “planning” to adopt the plea for eight days’ isolation, but did not rule it out either, saying the response would be kept under review.
- Boris Johnson
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