Speaking in the House of Commons today, Sajid Javid has revealed the details of the Government’s winter plan to manage the pandemic. Mr Javid says the government has created a “plan B” in case things get worse in winter. The contingency measures to manage a COVID-19 surge in winter could include mandatory use of face coverings, the introduction of Covid passes and working from home among a litany of other advice.
Sajid Javid was met with groans from the backbenches, and later one MP yelled ‘No’ as he repeated the face mask mandate.
“Any responsible government must prepare for all eventualities,” he tells MPs – some of whom make clear their disapproval of the proposals with jeering and booing.
Of the different areas of focus to the plan, he said the first was further strengthening pharmaceutical defences, including vaccines.
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Mr Javid says the government will “renew our efforts to maximise uptake” of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Health Secretary also said that, this winter, people should be: “wearing a face mask in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet”.
Finally, he said orders for those who are capable of working from home could come back into place over the winter.
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