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Javid vows to protect NHS as he says Covid infections could hit 100,000 a day

Health secretary rejects call to implement ‘plan B’ measures but says ministers will prepare for all eventualities

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Ministers will do “what it takes” to ensure the NHS is not overwhelmed this winter, Sajid Javid has said as he warned that the number of new infections across the UK could hit a record 100,000 a day.

The health secretary said the government would not heed the call from the NHS Confederation to implement “plan B” measures such as mandatory mask-wearing “at this time”. But he underlined the fact that ministers would be, “staying vigilant, preparing for all eventualities”.

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