Javid: Govt ‘firmly’ keeping to Plan A at the moment but ‘remain cautious’

Sajid Javid has played down the need for more restrictions to be introduced in the coming weeks, telling Sky News that England is “firmly” in Plan A at the moment.

Speaking on Trevor Phillips On Sunday, the health secretary said ministers must “remain cautious, not complacent in any way” – but said he hoped people can “look forward to Christmas together”.

Mr Javid added that the government will take action if needs be, as infection rates rise across other European countries, telling Sky News: “If we needed to take further measures with Plan B then we would do so, but we’re not at that point.”

Earlier this week, the Austrian government announced a nationwide lockdown and said coronavirus vaccinations would become mandatory by law next year, blaming the country’s high infection numbers on those who have failed to take up the jab.

The nationwide lockdown will start on Monday and will initially last for 10 days, before being re-assessed, and will last a maximum of 20 days.

Mr Javid said he believes England has the “right measures” in place to curb infections, but warned that the virus “can be very unpredictable” and ministers “need to be ready” to act.

The health secretary also confirmed that approximately 5.9 million people are on the NHS waiting list and that this number “is going to go up before it comes down”.