UK Government Rules Out “Further Restrictions” Amid Soaring Covid Cases

The government says it would not implement “further restrictions” despite widespread calls for more stringent action to arrest the spread of the virus.

UK Government Rules Out
UK Government Rules Out "Further Restriction" Amid Soaring Covid Cases

Boris Johnson’s government has insisted that it will not press the panic button just yet as calls intensify for an activation of “Plan B” amid soaring Covid cases in the UK.

The government says it would not implement “further restrictions” despite widespread calls for more stringent action to arrest the spread of the virus.

The NHS Confederation, reacting the recent spike in Covid cases has urged the UK government to implement “Plan B,” which would re-introduce compulsory nose masks and remote working for a significant fraction of the workforce.

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However, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government is not considering pressing the panic button just yet: “We don’t want to go into lockdown or further restrictions,” Kwarteng told Sky News on Wednesday.

The cabinet minister said discussions of more lockdowns or restrictions on holidays were “completely unhelpful” – but conceded the government would have to do better on the rollout of booster jabs.

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