Return to ‘Plan A’: England lifts Omicron curbs • FRANCE 24 English

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Commuters trooped back to the office in #England on Thursday, with public transport visibly busier, after the government scrapped restrictions imposed to combat the #Omicron #coronavirus variant. The return to “Plan A” measures — ditching legal requirements for face coverings and shelving vaccine passports — comes as the number of positive Covid-19 cases has fallen sharply from record levels. FRANCE 24’s Bénédicte Paviot tells us more.

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