Boris Johnson is unlikely to be swayed as he’s presented with the most recent Covid data at a crunch meeting today, reports claim.

Six NHS trusts have declared ‘critical incidents’ and experts have warned the NHS is ‘in a state of crisis’ amid record staff shortages.

One health chief said Lancashire is bracing for a ‘tsunami of Omicron’ cases as doctors begin to report more over-60s being admitted.

But the prime minister is expected to hold his nerve and not introduce more restrictions in England after he meets with officials on Tuesday, The Sun reports.

All will be revealed at a virtual press conference in the Downing Street Briefing Room at 5pm today.

Vaccines minister Maggie Throup insisted ‘Plan B is working’ this morning.

Speaking to Sky News, she said: ‘You can see from the number of hospitalisations, it’s far, far fewer than this time last year and that’s so important as well, that the vaccines are working, the measures for people to work from home are working.

‘The Prime Minister said that Plan B is working and there’ll be a Cabinet meeting today, and I don’t see any reason why we need to change. It’s important we do follow the data.’

It follows comments from Mr Johnson yesterday saying he was keeping a close eye on the data, but the country should ‘continue with the path that we’re on’.

The Tory leader admitted there will be ‘considerable’ pressure on the NHS for the ‘next couple of weeks and maybe more’.

But added: ‘The mixture of things that we’re doing at the moment is, I think, the right one’.

Schoolchildren could be turned away or put in merged classes if their teacher is struck down with the virus, while businesses may have to shut their doors if too many staff are in quarantine.

There are calls for the seven to 10 day isolation period to be cut to five days, as seen in the US.

But Chloe Smith, minister for disabilities, health and work, said there are ‘no current plans’ to change the period, which a government spokesperson added was ‘critical for limiting the spread of the virus’.

Hospitalisations in London, the UK epicentre, appear to have ‘plateaued’ but other areas are said to be at ‘the foothills’ of the Omicron wave.

Under-40s have been hit hard by the Omicron wave so far, but doctors are concerned after seeing this shift to the over-60s, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, public health director for Lancashire County Council, said.

The number of people admitted with the virus is now at the same level it was last February.

However, patients requiring ventilators has not increased dramatically, while data at the weekend suggested 33% of people were being admitted for other reasons.

Studies have suggested Omicron is up to 70% less likely to leave people in hospital.

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