British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that virus restrictions in England would be tightened as Omicron variant cases increased, including guidance to work from home and mandatory vaccine passports.
At a press conference, Johnson stated that because the rate of Omicron cases was doubling every two to three days, it was “the proportionate and responsible thing to move to Plan B in England.
“The government will reintroduce work-from-home advice in England on Monday as part of a slew of new policies, the prime minister announced.”
He also stated that the government will make it mandatory to show Covid vaccine passports in England for the first time in a week, while the devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales have already implemented similar measures.
Johnson stated that the Omicron variant is spreading much faster than the previously dominant Delta variant, and that “we can’t yet assume Omicron is less severe than previous variants.”