Omicron battle

Pressure on Sturgeon as PM resists more curbs

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson: a need for utmost caution

Boris Johnson tonight heaped more pressure on the Scottish Government to ease its Covid restrictions after declaring the country could “ride out” the Omicron strain of Covid.

The Prime Minister said that anyone who thinks the battle with Covid is over is profoundly wrong. “This is a moment for utmost caution,” he told a Downing Street conference.

However, he said he would be recommending to Cabinet tomorrow that Plan B restrictions stay unchanged and that there was a “good chance” of avoiding another lockdown in England.

His comments will ramp up the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon who has taken tougher measures than those in the rest of the UK.

Ms Sturgeon is due to make a statement tomorrow (Wednesday) amid growing calls from opposition MSPs and businesses to slacken the quarantine period and bring the current 10-day requirement into line with the seven day isolation elsewhere.

Mr Johnson said: “Together with the Plan B measures that we introduced before Christmas, we have a chance to ride out this Omicron wave without shutting down our country once again.

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