Omicron in England

LONDON, Dec 10- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not planning further restrictions in England to contain the significant growth of the Omicron coronavirus variant, his spokesman said on Friday, as Scotland warned it could become dominant within days.

Johnson, who sets health rules in England, introduced his "Plan B" COVID-19 measures on Wednesday, ordering people to work from home, wear masks in public places and use vaccine passes to slow the spread of Omicron.

There are 1,265 genomically confirmed cases of Omicron in the United Kingdom, but health minister Sajid Javid has said it is spreading in the community, and on Wednesday estimated the number of Omicron infections at closer to 10,000.

The government says its strategy with the Plan B measures is to buy time to understand more about the variant, while pressing ahead with booster shots.

Good Morning News,Hugh Murphy: 8:50AM 12/12/21