Businesses, unions call for state help as UK launches Plan B virus curbs

Businesses, unions call for state help as UK launches Plan B virus curbs

The British government has come under harsh criticism for launching Plan B coronavirus restrictions, with some critics accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to “save his own skin” by announcing the curbs as a diversion from the week’s political scandals.

The government is facing increasing pressure to relaunch furlough and other emergency financial support schemes after imposing working from home orders in England due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Business leaders and unions warned that if the government fails to provide assistance to companies and their workers in the hardest-hit sectors of the economy, progress made since the easing of pandemic restrictions earlier this fall might be squandered.

Late on Wednesday afternoon, Johnson announced measures to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.

According to the new announcement, from Monday, December 13, everyone who can work from home has been advised to do so….

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