CBI calls for clarity on route map out of Plan B

The CBI has called on the government provide clarity on the route map out of ‘Plan B’, after current restrictions are rolled back.

“Booster jabs are helping to reduce the severe effect of the virus on many people’s health. But with infection rates remaining high, the level of sickness and self-isolation is biting hard across the economy. It’s welcome that government is taking extra steps to get tests to critical workers and easing PCR requirements, and it’s now vital that wider testing supply challenges are gripped,” said Matthew Fell, chief policy director of the business group.

“Testing and self-isolation measures have had a significant impact on demand for international travel, so the easing of these requirements is a very positive step towards the goal of a return to restriction-free travel.

“Looking forward, all businesses now need clarity on what the route map out of Plan B looks like as soon as it’s safe to roll back these restrictions.”

In numbers: Cases rise in the UK

The UK continues to report some of the worst numbers in the world.

The number of people who tested positive for the virus in the UK was up over 40pc to 366,865 in the week to the 4th (over the previous week).

Covid-related deaths were up over 131pc to 1,195 over the same period. The number of patients admitted was up over 58pc to 11,005.

The full global picture from the World Health Organisation: https://covid19.who.int/

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