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Many schools will return this week with extra covid safety measures in place as the government is set to review its Plan B restrictions for England.
With data still trickling in from the festive period, the extent to which the highly-transmissible omicron variant will pile pressure on the NHS in the coming weeks is not yet clear.
A further 137,583 lab-confirmed covid-19 cases were recorded in England and Wales as of 9am on Sunday, the government said.
Ahead of today's press conference, scheduled for 5pm, Ministers have said there is nothing in the data to suggest further restrictions will be needed imminently.
But the government will take extra precautions in schools, asking secondary students to wear masks in classrooms once again.
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