The government will not introduce any new Covid-19 restrictions before Christmas in England it has been revealed.
In a video message posted today, Boris Johnson has confirmed that there is not enough evidence to justify tougher measures.
The PM said: “There is no doubt that Omicron continues to surge with a speed unlike anything we’ve seen before,” he said. “The situation remains extremely difficult but I also recognise that people have been waiting to hear whether their Christmas plans are going to be affected.
“So what I can say tonight, is that naturally we can’t rule out any further measures after Christmas – and we’re going to keep a constant eye on the data, and we’ll do whatever it takes to protect public health.
“But in view of the continuing uncertainty about several things – the severity of Omicron, uncertainty about the hospitalisation rate or the impact of the vaccine rollout or the boosters, we don’t think today that there is enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas.”