Boris Johnson SCRAPS face masks, work from home and vaccine passports as Plan B restrictions DROPPED

BORIS Johnson today announced Plan B WILL be completely shredded next Wednesday as he hailed "light at the end of the tunnel".

Hated vaccine passports will be dumped along with the guidance to work from home and requirement to wear face masks indoors.


The PM said: "The Cabinet concluded that because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England, and allow Plan B regulations to expire."

The current rules will expire on January 26 meaning the changes will kick in on Thursday morning.

In major developments:

  • The PM endured a bruising PMQs as a Tory MP defected to Labour
  • Masks in will be dropped in classrooms tomorrow as revealed by The Sun
  • Self-isolation rules should expire on March 24, the PM said
  • Mr Johnson said that Omicron has now "peaked nationally"
  • BoJo warned boosters will be increasingly needed for international travel

Triumphant Mr Johnson hailed the success of the booster campaign that has allowed him to rip up nearly all remaining curbs.

Volunteers with The Sun's Jabs Army have been working heroically to help turbo-charge the rollout.

Mr Johnson also felt vindicated for resisting doomster calls to impose tougher measures as Omicron surged over Christmas.

The PM told MPs: "Many nations across Europe have endured further winter lockdowns… While we must continue to remain cautious, the data are showing that time and again, this government, got the toughest decisions, right."

He pointed to falling Covid cases falling as experts grow increasingly confident the country is over the hump of Omicron.

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While "significant pressures on the NHS" persist, the PM said hospitalisations have now stabilised and are even falling in London.

But embattled Mr Johnson is also widely seen as dropping Plan B to sooth lockdown-hating rebels threatening to blow apart his premiership.

Yet the PM denied this and in rallying cry cheered: "Confronted by the nation’s biggest challenge since the Second World War and the worst pandemic since 1918, any government would get some things wrong. 

"But this government got the big things right."

Yesterday, the UK's daily Covid cases dropped 21 per cent on last week.

There were 94,432 new cases in the past 24 hours, with 438 fatalities also recorded.

Deaths have risen compared to the past few days, but are still not near the levels seen in the Alpha peak last year of over 1,000.

This fits with the pattern of a Covid wave, however – a few weeks on from high cases, some extra deaths will now sadly catch up for those harder hit with the virus.

This time last week there had been 120,821 new daily cases recorded, as the country shows promising signs of the variant wave having peaked.

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