People in high tier places told to avoid travelling outside areas
New tests available for Brits arriving back into the country to buy after just five days self-isolating could deliver a major boost to the ailing aviation industry when they kick in next month
Boris Johnson has confirmed there are no plans to close schools early ahead of Christmas.Some schools in England are opting to shut early to allow a safe period of time before kids see elderly or vulnerable relatives during the holiday.A group of schools had been planning to send children away early to continue lessons from home ahead of the festive break.
But on the question of schools sending pupils home earlier this year today, the Prime Minister said he was not considering it at this stage.Some schools in England are opting to shut early to allow a safe period of time before kids see elderly or vulnerable relatives
(Image: Getty Images)21:47SAGE experts demanded a 'Tier 4' in new lockdown rulesGovernment scientific advisers suggested a tougher Tier 4 lockdown category amid fears the rules were not strict enough to shrink the epidemic.Newly published SAGE papers show the experts warned the three-tier system did not go far enough and questioned whether a higher tier was needed. headtopics.com
The scientific advisory panel also questioned the point of Tier 1 rules, saying Tier 2 is “the minimum intervention required to maintain any degree of control on transmission”.The documents were published asBoris Johnsonconfirmed that England’s national lockdown would end on December 2 and the country would move into a new three-tier system.
The Prime Minister said the new tiers would be tougher than before the four-week lockdown after advice from scientists.But the lengthy new Covid Winter Plan does not include a Tier 4 category.Newly published SAGE papers show the experts warned the three-tier system did not go far enough and questioned whether a higher tier was needed
(Image: PA)21:33New rules for Brits returning from Covid hotspots abroadPassengers returning from coronavirus hotspots can free themselves early from quarantine by paying to take a test, the Government has confirmed.From December 15, people arriving in England from countries not on the travel corridor exemption list can opt to take a test after five days of self-isolation.
If it comes back negative, they can be released.Under the current regime, people entering England from a foreign nation not on the list have to shut themselves away for 14 days.Travel chiefs have spent months calling for a “test and release” system to boost the struggling aviation industry. headtopics.com
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the Government would launch the regime in three weeks.Quarantine will be cut from 14 days to five days(Image: ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)21:08Support bubbles expanded for new tier systemSupport bubbles rules in England are set to be expanded when the national lockdown ends in ten days,
Boris Johnsonhas announced.Parents with young children are set to benefit most from the change, which is set to make support from a nearby family member or friend easier.A support bubble is when two households join together exclusively and act as though they are one household.
Previously, you could only do this if one of the two households involved was a “single-adult” household.However, there’s now a new exemption which allows both households in the bubble to be a multi-adult household.These households can form a support bubble no matter what,
ifone of them either has a child under the age of one, or a disabled child under five with continuous care needs.Parents with young children are set to benefit most from the change(Image: PA)20:46Covid jabs won't be compulsory but public must be 'very pro vaccine', headtopics.com
Coronavirus vaccines will be not be made compulsory in the UK but everyone should get a jab as soon as they are available,Boris Johnsonhas said.The Prime Minister made it clear that no one would be forced to be vaccinated, saying: “That’s not the way we do things in this country”.
However he tore into anti-vax propaganda and said everyone should be “very, very pro vaccine”.Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson estimated that the majority of people could be inoculated by Easter if there was “a favourable wind”.
It comes amid growing optimism over the prospect of workable vaccines, with encouraging preliminary results from jabs developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the US firm Moderna.On Monday, the team behind the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine said their jab was proven to be 70% effective.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson estimated that the majority of people could be inoculated by Easter if there was “a favourable wind”.19:45Christmas will 'come at a risk'Chris Whitty said ‘Christmas would come at a risk’ - but said the risk level would come down to three main factors before, during and after the Christmas period.
He said sticking to tier-specific rules when lockdown ends, along with taking opportunities over Christmas to see family with caution and people sticking to rules after the festive period up to next Spring would help “minimise the impact” of Christmas.
Professor Whitty said: “If everyone is serious before during and after we can minimise the impact.”He added: “It’s a very difficult balance which we all know there is no perfect answer.”19:40PM says UK "not out of the woods yet"Boris Johnson warned that “we’re not out of the woods yet” despite the positive vaccine news from the Oxford-AstraZeneca team.
The news follows positive results from Pfizer and Moderna but none of the jabs has yet been approved for use and getting people inoculated will be a major undertaking.The Prime Minister said: “We can hear the drumming hooves of the cavalry coming over the brow of the hill but they are not here yet.
“Even if all three vaccines are approved, even if the production timetables are met - and vaccines notoriously fall behind in their production timetables - it will be months before we can be sure we have inoculated everyone that needs a vaccine.”19:31
A tentative hope for normality by EasterWhen asked when our lives could be free of government constraints and tiers, Boris Johnson said: “If we get medical clearance and if we can roll out all three vaccines at a good lick , with a favourable wind, this is entirely hypothetical, we should be able to inoculate the vast majority of people who need protection by Easter.
“That is the best information we have.”Professor Chris Whitty added: “Science and the seasons, as as we get through to spring, will help de-risk the virus..”He added that while “the virus will not disappear” it will become “less risky”, adding that this means the government and scientific bodies “will not have to do these things that cause difficult and economic hardships for people”
Chris Whitty added: “Science and the seasons, as as we get through to spring, will help de-risk the virus"(Image: PA)19:23Boris urges "'tis the season to be jolly careful"On his message around plans for Christmas, Boris Johnson said the government was working with devolved administrations to devise blanket measures across all nations of the UK to allow loved ones to safely meet.
However, he urged people to remain coronavirus aware, saying “’tis the season to be jolly careful”.19:20Oxford vaccine scientist Andrew Pollard thanks volunteersDirector of the Oxford Vaccine Group Andrew Pollard thanked the thousands of volunteered who have taken part in vaccine trials.
He said: “Our results today show in our primary analysis the vaccine had 70% efficacy. That’s a high efficacy.”He added: “We also had these intriguing results where one arm of our study had higher efficacy of 90%.”Professor Pollard said he was “optimistic for next year”
Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group Andrew Pollard thanked the thousands of volunteered who have taken part in vaccine trials(Image: Photos by John Cairns)19:13PM: "Things will look and feel very different after Easter"Boris Johnson said after a “difficult winter ahead” he was hopeful for a return to normal life after Easter.
He said: “I really am assured now that thing will look and feel very different after Easter.“That idea of an end goal date is important because if the promise if a vaccine is fulfilled we have something to work for and a goal around which businesses can plan.”
19:11More places in higher tiersThe PM said more areas will be placed in higher tiers and measures would be stricter.Boris Johnson urged people in areas where rapid lateral flow testing will be offered, to get tested as soon as possible.Boris Johnson is publishing a COVID Winter Plan, which will include tough new restrictions in England in December. Contacts of those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 may no longer have to isolate under new plans announced by the government. Coronavirus rules will be relaxed over Christmas across the UK under a plan to let people celebrate with their familiesRead more: Daily Mirror »
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