The Health Secretary Sajid Javid is to update MPs in the House of Commons later today over Omicron and the spread of the new variant.
On Saturday the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a raft of measures including tighter travel restrictions, bans on certain countries entering England and the mandatory wearing of face coverings from Tuesday or face a £200 fine.
Six more cases have been identified in Scotland, with three in England and scientists are investigating 75 potential cases and a further 150.
On Sunday Javid told Sky News that it would be “irresponsible to make guarantees” and the new measures the Prime Minister introduced will “buy us time” so that scientists can assess the new variant.
Challenged by Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday on whether people will listen to being told wearing masks is now mandatory, given a drop in the public wearing masks, Javid said, “This is about protecting the progress we’ve made.
“You said in your estimation about a third of people don’t wear masks but I would think you probably haven’t been taking those soundings since people have begun to understand more about this new variant and why the government has thought these new measures are appropriate.
“I do think people will take this more seriously and I think that will apply to public transport, it will apply to shops, it will be a regulation as it has been before.
“But it’s important to react in a proportionate, and also a temporary way, I hope this is something we can remove within weeks.”