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Covid live news: Johnson faces outrage over lockdown birthday; Netherlands expected to drop Omicron measures

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News UK prime minister spent birthday indoors with 30 guests in breach of Covid restrictions prompts new fury; 7pm announcement in Netherlands expected to ease curbs despite high national caseload

Canadian premier tests positive day after rejecting Covid measures

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A day after dismissing the need for more restrictive measures to combat the coronavirus, the premier in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has tested positive for Covid-19. “I’m feeling fine, but will be self-isola...

‘Living with Covid’ does not have to mean ditching all protective measures

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Reports on Sunday that free lateral flow tests could be axed under a strategy of living with Covid within weeks were met with a swift backlash. The government promptly denied the suggestion that free tests could soon ...

England’s bars and restaurants cheer absence of new Covid measures

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Hospitality bosses have welcomed news that the government has ruled out additional Covid restrictions in England before the busy New Year’s Eve trading period. Businesses had been calling for certainty, with bars and ...

Brexit minister Lord Frost resigns over Covid plan B measures

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Brexit minister Lord Frost has resigned from the cabinet, the Mail on Sunday has reported. Lord Frost, who has led negotiations with the EU, is reported to have handed in his resignation letter to Boris Johnson last w...

From masks to clubs: how Covid measures compare across the UK

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In Wales, 2-metre social distancing will be mandatory in offices, and measures including one-way systems and physical barriers will be introduced in businesses to protect customers and staff, from 27 December. In Sco...

As focus turns to Covid boosters what other measures could tackle Omicron?

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Ministers’ focus may be a “national mission” to roll out booster vaccines to counter the dramatic rise of the Omicron variant, but the government has not ruled out new restrictions for England. Here we look at options...

MPs fail to live up to hype as debate on Omicron measures underwhelms

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Maybe it was because none of the votes were really ever in doubt. Or maybe it was because the lockdown sceptics’ real beef has never been with the health secretary. It’s been with the prime minister whom they blame fo...

As focus turns to Covid boosters what other measures could tackle Omicron

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Ministers’ focus may be a “national mission” to roll out booster vaccines to counter the dramatic rise of the Omicron variant, but the government has not ruled out new restrictions for England. Here we look at options...

Javid advised to take ‘stringent’ Covid measures within a week, leak reveals

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Britain’s top public health officials have advised ministers that “stringent national measures” need to be imposed by 18 December to avoid Covid hospitalisations surpassing last winter’s peak, according to documents l...

Government faces Tory backbench revolt over plan B Covid measures

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Downing Street is facing a damaging revolt over planned Covid restrictions after dozens of Tory backbenchers threatened to rebel or abstain in fury over the proposed new rules and Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris...

Covid live: UK measures too late to stop Omicron wave, government adviser says; India death toll climbs

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‘It’s too late to make a material difference to course of Omicron wave,’ Prof Mark Woolhouse says; India records highest single-day toll since July

‘I don’t like mandates’: Germans and Austrians on new Covid measures

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The German government has announced a lockdown for the unvaccinated and is considering making Covid vaccines mandatory, after weeks of record infections in the country and much of German-speaking Europe. In Austria, t...

England’s new Covid measures still leave clinically vulnerable people out in the cold

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Faux ruffled hair. Solemn tone. Boris Johnson’s emergency address this weekend about the new Omicron variant felt like a return to the old days of the pandemic. The measures announced, though, were hardly significant:...

Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures

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Tour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant. From Saturday n...

France cracks down on Guadeloupe protests over Covid measures

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French authorities have dispatched police reinforcements to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after a week of violent protests over coronavirus restrictions. Islanders are angry after Paris announced that health work...

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