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Boris Johnson press conference: PM to make Downing Street address on new Covid plan

Boris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference later today

Boris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference later today (Image: PA)

The Prime Minister will tell the public everyone must do their bit to help slow the new Omicron variant rapidly spreading across the world.

Very little is known about the mutation, but scientists fear it is more vaccine-resistant than other strains of the virus.

From today, face coverings are once again compulsory in England in shops and settings such as banks, post offices, hairdressers, and public transport.

A PCR test is also now required for all travellers returning to the UK from around the world, with people forced to self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.

Mr Johnson will use his Downing Street address, expected to be at 5pm, to tel the public the new measures are necessary to ensure the success of the UK's vaccination programme is not undermined.

More to follow...