Sajid Javid issues update on threat of lockdown for December 'We can respond'

The Health Secretary said it is “right to respond” with stricter measures such as the re-introduction of mandatory mask-wearing in shops and public transport. Mr Javid said the new policies will “buy us time” to fully assess the risk the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus poses to the UK. Speaking to Trevor Phillips, the Health Secretary said: “You ask me for guarantees and it’s fair to say the nature of this pandemic…it would be irresponsible to make guarantees. 

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