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Boris Johnson’s plans end Plan B’s Covid restrictions amid partygate

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Boris Johnson will reportedly lift Plan B’s coronavirus restrictions in England at the next review as he works to save his position as Prime Minister amid further allegations from Downing Street parties during the pandemic.

A decision on measures, including Covid passports and work-from-home guidance, is due on January 26. By that time, the report on allegations of lockdown violations in #10 is expected to be released.

Restrictions are expected to be lifted – although mask rules may still remain in place – and an announcement could come within days, according to sources The Daily Telegraph.

“Frankly, there doesn’t seem to be any other expectation at the moment,” a source told the newspaper of the January 26 restrictions ending.

Sajid Javid, the health secretary, is said to have already ruled that Covid passports are no longer required as cases have fallen from their record high.

A source tells The times: “There has always been a very high threshold for the policy, and it looks increasingly likely that in a couple of weeks that threshold will not be reached.”

The Prime Minister is working to keep his job amid pressure over breaching lockdown rules at Downing Street.

He is to create a list of officials to resign over the Partygate scandal to protect him.

sources have said LatestPageNews His plan, dubbed Operation Save Big Dog, also includes raising awareness of his accomplishments.

The Daily Telegraph reports that political allies, central to Mr Johnson’s campaigns in 2019 to win the Conservative leadership and the general election, were recruited to rally support among Tory MPs.

It is also reported by two sources that the Prime Minister spoke this week to Sir Lynton Crosby, the political strategist who helped him win London mayor and the Tory leadership.

An announcement of an end to lockdown restrictions could divert attention from the release of Sue Gray’s account of parties in Westminster during multiple lockdowns.

Ministers have been positive about the state of the pandemic in the UK as the omicron surge begins to ease.

The UK reported 99,652 new cases on Friday, down almost 80,000 from a week earlier. Mr Javid said there were “early signs already that the rate of hospital admissions is slowing”.

The Welsh Government has already put in place a plan to lift most restrictions over a two-week period as cases fall.

And Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan has expressed hope he can announce relaxations of coronavirus rules next week.

He said the latest modeling information on the virus is “very encouraging”.

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