Britain Could Implement COVID-19 ‘Plan B’ as Early as Thursday

LONDON (Reuters) -
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves Downing Street in London. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

Britain could implement tougher COVID-19 measures, including advice to work from home, as early as Thursday in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to media reports.

Johnson could announce as soon as Wednesday the new Plan B, which could also include COVID passports for large venues, the reports, citing unnamed government sources, said.

Times Radio presenter Tom Newton Dunn said that a source had told him the announcement of Plan B was “85% likely.”

A spokesperson for Johnson’s office said they had no immediate comment.

Sterling and British government bond yields fell on the reports and investors scaled back their bets on the Bank of England raising interest rates on Dec. 16, at the end of its December meeting.

Johnson was facing a backlash after a video surfaced showing his staff laughing and joking over how to explain a gathering in Downing Street during a COVID lockdown last year when such festivities were banned.