The PM today insisted the “balanced” measures were necessary to help fight “rapidly” rising Omicron cases and hospitalisations.
Another 194,747 Covid cases were recorded today, with infections spreading quickly among vulnerable older patients.
Mr Johnson told the Commons: “So in response to the latest data, the Cabinet agreed this morning that we should stick with Plan B for another three weeks, with a further review before the regulations expire on 26 January.”
But in an optimistic outlook he all but ruled out returning to a full-fat lockdown and warned crippling restrictions would take a wrecking ball to livelihoods.
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