Govt confirms move to Plan B in England

The UK government has announced a move to Plan B in England, making face masks compulsory in most public indoor venues (other than hospitality) from tomorrow, and asking people that can to work from home, from Monday. The NHS Covid Pass will also become mandatory in large, crowded venues.

What remains to be seen is the degree to which the public will follow these new rules, as what little was left of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s moral authority has dissipated following a string of scandals, the latest surrounding the alleged rule-breaking Downing Street party last Christmas.

Cases of the latest variant of concern, Omicron, are thought to be doubling at a rate of 2.5 to 3 days.

Cases of the virus were up 11.3% in the seven days to 8th December, with 339,891 cases reported, according to official government figures.

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