Boris Johnson to ‘scrap masks and working from home’ at the end of January

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Boris Johnson wants to get rid of mandatory mask wearing and working from home by the end of the month, it has been claimed.

Officials in Whitehall are putting together a plan to roll back the restrictions put in place in England as part of 'Plan B' Coronavirus programme at the end of last year, says The Sun.

It would see the official advice to employers to have people work from home revoked, and the order on face masks being worn in indoor public spaces also removed.

The leak comes only two days after several government ministers, including chancellor Rishi Sunak, backed plans to slash the Covid isolation period for positive cases down to five days.

Another more controversial part of the so-called 'Living with Covid' strategy would see Brits now have to fork out cash for currently free-of-charge lateral flow tests.

The NHS Test and Trace programme is also rumoured to be significantly cut back in the coming reforms, according to reports from The Times.

It is feared by some health professionals that further relaxation of health measures would require a much higher rate of daily booster vaccinations, which have fallen considerably since reaching a high of a million per day in December.

One in three people who are eligible for the free jab are still not boosted, leading the premier to come out and make another plea for vaccine-shy members of the public to come forward for the sake of their loved ones.

Boris Johnson told The Sun on Sunday: "Two doses aren’t enough against Omicron — you need to get a booster. Three jabs will give you the best protection against severe illness which is why it’s so important people continue to come forward.”

The Tory PM is facing a new set of questions today after it was alleged that he attended a 'socially distanced drinks' party with up to 100 people invited to the Downing Street garden during the first national lockdown in May 2020.

High street bookmaker Coral has now cut the odds on Boris Johnson leaving his role as Prime Minister during 2022 to just 6-4.

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