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Boris Johnson puts off more Covid measures for now but ‘rules nothing out’

Prime minister caught between scientific advisers and his sceptical cabinet over action on Omicron

Boris Johnson has put off a decision about whether to impose new Covid restrictions across England to curb soaring cases – but warned he will “reserve the possibility of taking further action” before Christmas.

After a cabinet meeting lasting more than two hours, where scientific advisers briefed ministers on the latest data including a steep rise in hospitalisations in London, the prime minister said the arguments for and against stricter measures were “finely balanced” and the situation was “extremely difficult”.

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