Boris Johnson backs Plan B measures in bid to avoid lockdown in England

Boris Johnson has spoken out in favor of sticking to Plan B measures as he hopes to “overcome” the massive wave of Omicron cases without lockdown restrictions, despite warnings that the NHS is under considerable pressure.

The prime minister said anyone who believes the fight against the disease is over is “deeply wrong” as he affirmed that he would advocate to his cabinet the need to work from home, carry on Masks and the use of Covid health passports.

With daily laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in England topping 200,000 for the first time, Mr Johnson said the time had come for “extreme caution” but argued the booster introduction had offered the nation significant protection.

“Together with the Plan B measures that we put in place before Christmas, we have a chance to survive this Omicron wave without closing our country again,” he said at a press conference on Downing Street.

“We can keep our schools and businesses open and find a way to live with this virus.”

The prime minister admitted the coming weeks will be “challenging” and said “staff absenteeism disrupts some services” as he pledged to “strengthen” the NHS to withstand pressures and protect supply chains.

As part of the measures, he said 100,000 “critical workers” will receive lateral flow tests every weekday starting Monday.

“With our NHS moving on a war basis, tomorrow I will be recommending to the cabinet that they proceed with Plan B,” he added.

“Because the public reacted and changed their behavior, their behavior, gained valuable time to get your hands on Boosters and help the NHS deal with the Omicron wave.

“So please continue to adhere to these measures for the time being.”

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