BORIS Johnson will be make an announcement today (November 30) on the new measures the government will be introducing to tackle the Omicron variant.
The Prime Minister will be speaking this afternoon about the new compulsory mask mandate, which took effect in England at 4am on November 30.
11 cases of the new Covid-19 strain have been found in the UK, and more cases are expected to follow into the Christmas period.
Health secretary Sajid Javid unveiled new restrictions in an announcement over the weekend, with countries on the UK's travel "red list" and new mask mandates.
What time is Boris Johnson's announcement today, Tuesday, November 30?
Boris Johnson will give a Covid press conference this afternoon, Downing Street has confirmed.
The time of the announcement is set for 4pm.
SAJID Javid issued an update on the latest Covid measures yesterday afternoon (November 29).
The Health Secretary told MPs in the House of Commons that he expects cases to rise in the coming days and weeks.
He said: "Our strategy is to buy ourselves time and strengthen our defences while our world's leading scientists learn more about this potential threat."
What will Boris Johnson announce?
In his announcement, Mr Johnson is expected to discuss the new booster vaccine rollout, setting out plans to double the Government's booster programme.
Currently around 2.5m boosters are being given every week, but Mr Johnson is expected to confirm plans increase the goal to 3.5m.
Mr Johnson will likely be urging people to get their booster vaccines after the rollout was extended to all over-18s and the gap between second and third doses halved to three months.
He is also expected to give an update on travel restrictions to red-light countries as well as testing and isolation requirements for international arrivals.
It is not expected that the PM will announce further restrictions ahead of the festive period, such as England’s ‘Plan B’ measures, leaving vaccine passports for nightclubs and stadiums in reserve.
The government has also not advised people in England to work from home where possible, despite Scotland issuing their work from home requirements.
Asked if the Government might tighten up England’s rules even further in the next three weeks, minister Edward Argar said: "It's not something I'm anticipating."
But the PM’s spokesman did not rule out tighter travel rules, or tighter rules after the new restrictions are reviewed in three weeks' time.
How can I watch Boris Johnson's speech today?
The speech will be broadcast live on major news channels like BBC News and Sky News this afternoon.
You can watch BBC News online through BBC iPlayer and Sky News via its YouTube channel.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid vowed the NHS booster programme is being put "on steroids" in his speech on November 29.
But frustrated Brits aged 18 or over who would now be eligible were left confused after being unable to book a vaccine appointment yesterday.
The announcement sparked a scramble on the NHS vaccine booking website, with thousands of people waiting in online queues to secure a slot.
The Health Secretary also confirmed that if this variant is not as concerning as first feared, restrictions on masks and travel will once again be eased.
He said: "If it emerges that this variant is no more dangerous than the Delta variant, then we won’t keep these measures in place for a day longer than necessary."
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