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Boris Johnson expected to set out new plans to lift Plan B coronavirus restrictions

Boris Johnson is expected to announce an easing of England’s coronavirus restrictions tomorrow.

The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will examine the latest Covid-19 data on Wednesday morning before making a statement in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

England’s Plan B measures currently in place, which include guidance to work from home, the use of the Covid pass and mandatory mask wearing in shops and on public transport, are set to expire on January 26.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs on Tuesday that he was “cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce restrictions next week”.

Asked whether restrictions would be lifted during a visit to a hospital on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said: “We’ve got to be careful about Covid. We’ve got to continue to remember that it’s a threat.”

A total of 19,450 people were in hospital in the UK with Covid-19 as of January 17, Government figures show, down 2 per cent week-on-week.

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A further 94,432 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Tuesday, while a further 438 people were reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the total by that measure to 152,513.

The Plan B measures were introduced to combat the wave of cases driven by the Omicron variant.

Reports have suggested the Government may choose to lift the most economically significant measures.

These include working from home and the use of the Covid pass – while

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