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Sajid Javid this afternoon said that there will be no further restrictions for people living in England amid concerns about the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The health Secretary said nothing else will be introduced in England before the new year but “people should remain cautious”.
It comes as a relief to the hospitality sector, as bars and restaurants have been given the green light to continue with their plans for New Year's Eve celebrations which were challenged by the potential new Covid restrictions.
England is currently under 'Plan B' restrictions which include Brits having to work from home where possible as well as introducing Covid passes to gain entry into large events.
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People have also been urged to wear masks in shops and other public settings.
Meanwhile, new restrictions have already been introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NHS figures show that more than 12,000 people were vaccinated against the virus on Christmas Day as concerns heightened over the Omicron variant.
In response to the stats, Mr Javid, said: “It’s thanks to our life-saving vaccines, treatments and testing that we’ve been able to see loved ones over the Christmas weekend.
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“The enthusiasm the country has shown for our Covid-19 vaccines has been tremendous, particularly the 214,000 who have gone out of their way this holiday weekend to get their jab and secure protection from the Omicron variant.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the NHS staff and volunteers who worked over the weekend to get jabs in arms. If you’re yet to get your booster, do not delay – get boosted now.”
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