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Sajid Javid to give major Covid update at 5pm press conference

The health secretary will deliver a stark warning to Britain this evening about the risk of further Covid restrictions this winter.

In a No 10 press conference, Sajid Javid is set to say ‘Plan B’ measures could be brought in unless booster jab take-up is increased.

These include legal requirements on wearing face masks, working from home becoming widespread again and Covid passports at large events.

The television address will be broadcast to the nation at 5pm.

Third jabs are available to people aged 50 and over who had their second shot at least six months ago.

Professor Neil Ferguson has said it is ‘critical’ the rollout of booster jabs is accelerated after projections that immunity against the virus may be waning.

The government appears to be pinning its hopes on the success of the vaccine in staving off another lockdown.

Mr Javid is set to issue a rallying call for people to book a booster in tonight’s first Downing Street press conference on the coronavirus for five weeks.

He will also give an update on the work of the antivirals taskforce which launched six months ago in April.

Its aim was to ‘supercharge’ efforts to tackle new Covid variants and look at creating medicine patients can take at home.

Earlier this morning business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng ‘categorically’ ruled out Brits being in lockdown this Christmas.

He said: ‘I think any talk of lockdowns is just not at all helpful and it’s not going to happen.

‘We’ve worked really hard to get to the point that we could actually open up the economy.

‘We’ve got a fast growing economy, people getting back to work, getting back to normal life.’

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