Sajid Javid rules out any further Covid restrictions for England befor…

Following this briefing, it was rumoured that the chief Minister would not closest introduce any new restrictions, with Mr Javid confirming that this is the case until 31 December.

Around 90% of new Covid-19 situations reported in England are believed to be the Omicron variant.

The Health Secretary urged the public to ring in the New Year with outdoor celebrations and asked that those celebrating test before meeting with others.

He additional: “Please keep careful and when we get into the new year, of course, we will see then whether we do need to take any further measures, but nothing more until then, at the minimum.”

What else did Sajid Javid say about Omicron?

The move to not announce new restrictions in England comes after Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all announced new restrictions which were put in place from Boxing Day onwards.

Mr Javid believed that England has made “the right decision” in their fight against the coronavirus.

He said: “It’s for each country that makes up the United Kingdom to decide how it wants to go forward.

“So for example in England, we decided back in July that we would open up in the summer.

“I think we look back now and that has been the right decision.”

Mr Javid continued to urge those eligible to get their Covid-19 vaccines and booster jabs after revealing that a “disproportionate” number of unvaccinated people were being admitted to hospital.

He said: “Can I please say to people, please do come forward… protect yourselves, protect your loved ones and protect your community.”

How many Covid situations are there in England?

Three days worth of data was published on 27 December due to an effective shutdown during the festive weekend.

There were a record-breaking 113,628 situations recorded in England on Christmas Day, with a further 103,558 recorded on Boxing Day.

As of 9am on 27 December, a further 98,515 situations were also confirmed.

Between 25 and 27 December, 143 people in England died within 28 days of receiving a positive consequence.

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