Boris Johnson announcement: PM NOT expected to impose Covid rules next week as national jabs rollout SLOWS Omicron

THE Prime Minister is NOT expected to impose further restrictions when Plan B is reviewed next week, The Sun has been told.

Whitehall sources say the PM is set to “maintain the status quo” of indoor mask-wearing, working from home advice and vaccine passports on Wednesday.

But in a New Year boost he’s likely to hold off announcing dreaded measures like the Rule of Six or return to outdoor pints.

Ministers are being driven by encouraging evidence showing Omicron is up to 70 per cent milder than Delta and appears vulnerable to booster jabs.

It comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said – and The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits’ arms.

And new data has revealed that coronavirus infections are slowing, amid a spread in Omicron cases in older age groups. But experts have warned that there has been a worrying rise in cases in Brits aged 55-75, which could put pressure on the NHS.

Omicron is now responsible for 90 per cent of cases in the UK and has taken over from the Delta variant.

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