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London Covid: No new Covid restrictions before New Year, confirms Health Secretary

New Years plans in England have been given the green light as Sajid Javid has confirmed that the government will not impose any further restrictions until the New Year.

The health secretary said people should “be cautious” when participating in New Year’s celebrations and take a lateral flow test before meeting other people.

Mr Javid said: “Of course we are looking at the data on a daily basis, that has not changed over the Christmas period, but there will be no further measurements until the New Year.

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“We won’t take any further action. Of course, people have to be careful as the New Year celebrations approach, and you know, do a lateral flow test if that makes sense.

“Celebrate outside if you can, have some ventilation inside if you can, be careful.

“And when we go into the New Year, of course, then we’ll see if we need to take any further action – but nothing more until then at least.”

Mr Javid did not rule out the possibility of further action being taken in January, adding that the government will “see” if the data suggests they are necessary.

The move comes as the latest figures show England reported a record number of new cases on Christmas Day.

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