Britain could implement COVID-19 'plan B' as early as Thursday - reports

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could implement tougher COVID-19 measures, including advice to work from home, as early as Thursday in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to media reports.

Sterling fell and investors pared back their bets on a Bank of England interest rate hike next week as the reports said Johnson might announce as soon as Wednesday the new Plan B which could also include COVID passports for large venues, the reports said.

Times Radio presenter Tom Newton Dunn, citing unnamed government sources, said on Twitter that a source had told him the announcement of Plan B was "85% likely".