Boris Johnson to hold Covid press conference at 5pm today

Boris Johnson is holding a virtual press conference later today to update the nation on the government’s approach to tackling the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The prime minister is expected update the country around 5pm on Tuesday after reviewing the latest data on Covid case numbers and hospitalisations from the festive season.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for a more “cautious” approach to restrictions in England to bring the country in line with the rest of the UK, while the NHS Confederation warned parts of the health service “are currently in a state of crisis”.

Mr Johnson is also under pressure to cut the Covid self-isolation period for people in England from seven to five days as business chiefs and hospitality leader warn of mass labour shortages.

However, No 10 has strongly suggested that ministers will stick with current plan B measures rather than bring in any major changes this week.

“At the moment, we don’t see any data that suggests further restrictions would be the right approach – given we know it’s important to strike the right balance between lives and livelihoods,” Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said on Tuesday.

Asked if the government thought plan B is working, the No 10 spokesman said: “We believe this is the right course – asking people to work from home, use the Covid pass and of course the booster programme.”

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