UK Omicron cases surge by 30% as Boris Johnson prepares to bring in Plan B

CASES of new variant Omicron have surged by 30 per cent in a day as the Prime Minister prepares to bring in more Covid restrictions.

There are currently 568 cases of Omicron in the UK, this is up from yesterday’s total of 437.

More cases of Omicron have now been detected in the UK, with 131 more being registered since yesterday

The UK’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that overnight, 131 cases had been discovered.

Of the new cases 115 are in England, 9 are in Scotland, 4 in Wales and 3 in Northern Ireland.

The update on cases comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce Plan B restricitions.

These rules would include working from home and the use of vaccine passports.

Government sources today told The Sun that the tough measures could take effect as early as tomorrow morning.

Only days ago the Government was urging Brits to press ahead with festive party plans and said they had no intention to push the panic button.

But rapidly rising cases of the mutation – and evidence vaccines may not be as effective – have bounced the PM into rapid action.

Scientists warn that up to 1,000 Brits each day could now be catching the highly contagious form of the virus — with new cases ­doubling every three days.

Downing St has said no decisions have yet been taken but refused to rule out Plan B restrictions today.

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