- Covid passes to be scrapped this month after Sajid Javid ‘killed off the policy’
- Health Secretary ‘has concluded that Covid-19 certification is longer needed’
- Omicron wave is easing, with daily cases yesterday falling by 40% in a week
- Ministers are eyeing-up relaxing most Covid restrictions by next month
Controversial Covid passes will be scrapped in England this month as the country’s Omicron wave continues to collapse, it was claimed today.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid is said to have told MPs that he shared their ‘instinctive discomfort’ at the certificates, which 100 Tories voted against.
Ministers are also keen to ditch widespread working from home guidance when the current Plan B measures are reviewed on January 26. It could mean that compulsory masks on public transport and in shops will be the only remaining curb.
Britain’s Covid cases have fallen week-on-week for the past eight days in a row, with 109,000 new positive tests on Thursday. Hospital admissions have also flatlined.
At a meeting with Tory MPs yesterday, Mr Javid hailed the ‘encouraging signs’ – but warned that hospitals remained under ‘significant pressure’, The Times reports.