A change so that millions who test positive in lateral flow tests will not need a confirmatory PCR could reportedly come on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson said now is the time for the ‘utmost caution’ but argued the booster rollout has given substantial protection to the nation.
“We can find a way to live with this virus,” the prime minister said.
The Deputy Prime Minister has been spotted without a coronavirus facemask at a Chelsea football match attended by 40,000 people despite the club recommending supporters wear them.
In a tongue-in-cheek nod to the brewing 'partygate' row, the revellers, dressed in suits and wearing paper masks of the Prime Minister's face, have been spotted dancing to music on Whitehall.
The Prime Minister and his wife were photographed walking out of Oswald's in Mayfair last Thursday at about 9.30pm with a security detail of six people before getting into a waiting Range Rover.