Sajid Javid warned complicated and expensive travel rules would increase the risk of another lockdown.
The Health Secretary is said to have warned Boris Johnson before holiday checks were eased this week – but was dismissed.
Pre-departure tests and PCR are underway for those arriving in the UK as Omicron is already so commonplace.
But the fact that the variant is so much milder, combined with the UK’s aggressive ramping up campaign, means that deaths and patients in the ICU remain low.
The changes were signed off at the Covid O Cabinet subcommittee on Wednesday and welcomed by holidaymakers.
But Mr Javid died before the easing and warned it could harm our ability to catch any new variation.
A government source told The Times: “He said that by getting rid of them you increase the risk of having to shut down the entire economy. But he failed to argue.”
An ally of Mr Javid said: “We have a decision and he is completely behind it.”
PM this week all but excluding the return to all-fat lock and stated that he was not “shutting down our country again”.
And thanks to increased deployment and evidence Omicron has become much more dovish, he wants to bring Britain “closer to normal”.
Downing Street is increasingly hoping to waive Plan B measures such as working from home and mandatory face coverings when they are reviewed at the end of the month.
A senior government source told The Sun that the Cabinet is united in wanting to find the curb – with the exception of Mr Javid, who has a “lone voice” against.
They said: “It is understandable that he has that opinion because he has hospitals and doctors constantly on duty.
“But no one else wants to see them expand while the data benefits us.”
Business Secretary Paul Scully said today the Government “doesn’t see the need” for the new measures even though troops have been deployed to ease the load on hospitals.
He points to “encouraging” signs that London has passed the peak of the outbreak amid the clear evidence that Omicron much lighter than previous strains.
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And thanks to the increased deployment that helps keep society open, he declared: “The year 2022 will be much brighter than 2021.”
Ministers are throwing the sinks into the booster program, which The Sun’s Jab’s Army campaign is helping to supercharge.
Fallopian tube infections are still high and yesterday reached 179,000, fortunately down from a few days earlier.
About 200 troops have been sent to hospital to help prevent the absence of sick or quarantined employees.
He told TalkRadio: “Having the military working in our hospitals is having more bodies to deal with the pressures of the NHS.
“It’s not troops on the streets in combat and weapons or anything like that. It’s really just helping those personnel put pressure on.
“We’re not over it yet, in terms of the fact that we’re learning to live with Covid. But I hope that 2022, if we get through the pressures of the next few weeks, looks much brighter. compared to 2021.”
Mr Scully added: “I don’t believe at this stage that we need any more shutdowns.
“What we’re doing today is announcing the fact that money for hotels, retail, entertainment and accommodation is now available to those businesses that have struggled throughout this pandemic, and especially the Christmas period when Plan B came in, for business people to be able to access their local government and get the financial support they need.”
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