No ‘snogging under the mistletoe’ says cabinet minister: Pensions secretary Therese Coffey tells Christmas revellers to keep their distance from each other in MORE mixed messaging from government
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey last night told Christmas revellers to keep their distance from each other amid more mixed messaging from the government.
Sajid Javid was the first to spark anger from hospitality bosses after he urged partygoers to take a Covid test. The Health Secretary even suggested they should consider wearing a face mask.
Therese Coffey then went further, saying there ‘shouldn’t be much snogging under the mistletoe’.
It emerged last night that office Christmas parties were already being postponed and employees told to work from home amid fears over the new strain.
A string of hotels and restaurants revealed they faced losing thousands of pounds from lost bookings.
Ministers including Therese Coffey (왼쪽 사진) and Sajid Javid (권리) were told not to be ‘ Christmas killjoys’ on Wednesday night after festive events were cancelled because of the Omicron variant
Prime Minister Boris Johnson switches on the Christmas tree lights outside 10 Downing Street in London this evening
Anyone in close contact with an Omicron case must now self-isolate for ten days, even if doubled jabbed.
The new rule is thought to have left bosses worried that an outbreak at an event could put multiple staff in quarantine.
Hospitality chiefs and Tory MPs believe the mixed messages – Boris Johnson has said people should ‘keep living your life’ – was having a ‘chilling effect on consumer confidence’.
Steve Baker, who spoke out against new coronavirus curbs in the Commons on Tuesday, said the public needed ‘clarity, not Christmas killjoys’.
The Tory former minister added: ‘People are sick and tired of this level of micromanagement of their lives. They want to be free and joyful, and they want to be free and joyful at Christmas – without the Christmas killjoys.’
World Health Organisation officials suggested yesterday that those diagnosed with Omicron so far mostly had no symptoms or only ‘very, very mild’ ones.
없음 32 confirmed cases in the UK has been hospitalised. 하나, ministers have already brought back face masks in shops and on public transport and toughened self-isolation rules. The booster rollout is also to be rapidly accelerated.
In a string of other developments:
- The UK has bought 114million more doses of coronavirus vaccines that can be tweaked to protect against new variants;
- Some routine medical checks by GPs are likely to be suspended so they can deliver more booster jabs;
- Leaked minutes from a meeting of the Sage advisory committee revealed that advisers were pushing for much tougher restrictions on travel;
- Doctors said 16 의 19 cases of Omicron in Botswana – where it was discovered – were asymptomatic;
- European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen suggested mandatory vaccination might be necessary;
- A council in York told residents to wear masks in busy outdoor areas in response to the variant;
- Mr Johnson denied breaking coronavirus rules at a ‘boozy’ party in No 10 during lockdown last Christmas;
- 다른 48,374 Covid cases and 171 deaths were reported yesterday.
Mr Johnson exits 10 Downing Street as a children’s choir sings during the ceremony to switch on the Downing Street Christmas tree lights in London on Wednesday
Boris Johnson listens to a children’s choir during the ceremony to switch on the Downing Street Christmas tree lights today
Public health chief Jenny Harries sparked a row on Tuesday by advising against ‘unnecessary socialising’ in the run-up to Christmas. The Prime Minister later contradicted her, telling people not to cancel festive events.
But last night it was claimed that staff working for NHS trusts, for magazines and even Age UK were among those to have had their Christmas parties cancelled. Many large employers are either telling employees to return to working from home or advancing Covid security measures in the office.
Kate Nicholls, of the trade body UK Hospitality, 말했다: ‘The messaging over the weekend had a chilling effect on consumer confidence and we are starting to see a small number of cancellations.’
Mike Cherry of the Federation of Small Businesses said: ‘As we embark in earnest on this make-or-break festive season, clarity, consistency and proactive promotion of official advice is more important than ever.’
But Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the Sage advisory group, told Times Radio that people should consider avoiding Christmas parties or at least wearing masks.
The Prime Minister pictured applauding after switching on the Christmas lights in Downing Street this evening
The Prime Minister stands in front of a crowd after switching on the Downing Street Christmas tree lights this evening
Mr Johnson is seen standing next to a children’s choir and band after switching on the Christmas tree lights in Downing Street
Mr Johnson applauds and looks up at the Downing Street Christmas tree after turning on its lights on Wednesday
공개: Triple-vaccinated Israeli doctor who believes he caught Omicron Covid variant in London at conference attended by 1,250 사람들 23 십일월 – just as new strain was discovered in Africa
By Katie Weston and Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter for the MailOnline
A triple-vaccinated 이스라엘 인 doctor has raised fears over the 오미크론 variant having been in the UK for weeks after saying he believes he caught the strain at a conference in 런던 attended by 1,250 people on November 23.
Elad Maor, 45, travelled to the capital on November 19 and stayed at a hotel in Islington while attending the three-day convention at ExCeL London in Newham, 이스트 런던, before returning to Israel.
The father-of-three, who is a cardiologist at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, tested positive for the virus four days later, 11 월 27, and suffered mild symptoms including a sore throat, fever and muscle ache.
He took three PCR tests on November 20, 21 과 24 – all of which came back negative. After returning to work in Israel he later displayed symptoms and took a fourth PCR test which showed a positive result.
Dr Maor, who is now quarantining at home in Israel, appears to be certain that he picked up the variant while attending the conference, 속담: ‘I got the Omicron in London, for sure.’
Elad Maor (위 사진), 45, travelled to London on November 19 and stayed at a hotel in Islington while attending the three-day convention at ExCeL London in Newham, 이스트 런던, before returning to Israel
SAGE는 5일간의 강제 격리 및 '비행 적합성' 요구’ tests for all UK arrivals
영국에 도착한 모든 입국자는 5일간 자가격리 및 예방접종을 하더라도 출국 전 PCR 검사를 받아야 합니다., 세이지 조언했다.
전문가 패널은 현재의 여행 규제로 인해 '상당한’ 균열을 통과하는 감염자의 수.
현재, 영국으로 입국하는 백신 접종을 완료한 사람은 영국으로 돌아온 후 처음 2일 이내에 PCR 검사를 받아야 합니다..
그들이 착륙하자마자 이것을 복용하고 같은 날 결과를 얻는 것을 막을 수는 없습니다., 몇 시간 만에 격리 해제.
SAGE 과학자들은 이것이 바이러스가 잠복기에 충분한 시간을 주지 않을 수 있다고 말했습니다. 그들은 또한 목사들에게 5일차와 8일차 시험을 가져올 것을 촉구했습니다..
영국에 오는 백신 접종을 하지 않은 사람들만 비행에 적합해야 합니다.’ 영국으로 돌아가는 비행기를 타기 전 테스트.
SAGE의 새로운 조언은 월요일에 열린 새로운 Omicron 변종에 대한 긴급 회의록에서 유출되었습니다..
이상 30 과학자들은 11월에 화상 회의에 참석했습니다. 29, 수석 과학 고문 Patrick Vallance 경과 수석 의학 고문 Chris Whitty 교수가 이끄는.
그는 말했다 수호자: ‘That is interesting because that was 10 days ago in London – really, really early.’
Dr Maor also believes he infected a 69-year-old fellow worker, who has since tested positive for the Omicron variant after returning from London.
Pointing to a delay between the time of infection and when the PCR turns positive, 그는 덧붙였다: ‘The only reasonable explanation is that I got infected on the last day of the meeting – maybe at the airport, maybe at the meeting.’
The associate professor of cardiology at Tel Aviv University said he commuted to the conference via the tube and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) over the three-day period.
His comments come as Dr. Anthony Fauci announces the first detected case of the Omicron variant in the US, saying it was identified by the San Francisco Departments of Public Health in 캘리포니아.
Fauci said the individual had returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive a week later on November 29.
He or she was fully vaccinated, but had not received a booster, and is currently experiencing mild symptoms.
한편 영국에서는, in rules now enshrined in law until March, Boris Johnson said that face coverings must be worn in shops and on public transport to ‘buy us time in the face of this new variant’.
The Prime Minister also pledged to ‘throw everything’ at the booster vaccination campaign and offer jabs to 40million over-18s by January 31 to tackle its spread.
But in the same Downing Street press conference last night Mr Johnson insisted another lockdown is ‘extremely unlikely’, urging people not to cancel their plans and to ‘keep living your life’.
Critics say the Government’s latest 코로나 바이러스 rules on masks, blanket quarantine for Omicron contacts and gloomy language about the threat of the new variant is actually encouraging a semi-lockdown by stealth despite just 22 cases of the new strain detected so far.
Deaths, infections and hospitalisations were all down in the UK on Tuesday while a World Health Organization official claimed on Wednesday that most Omicron cases are ‘mild’ and there is no evidence the new variant has any impact on vaccine effectiveness against serious illness.
Sir Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson clashed over new Covid rules at PMQs this lunchtime as the PM faced a revolt from Tory MPs
The Government has insisted the rules will be reviewed in three weeks’ time but Tory MPs, including former chief whip Mark Harper, have expressed concerns about the expiry date
Omicron Covid는 10월 나이지리아에서 나타났습니다. – 남아프리카공화국이 변종 발견을 발표하기 몇 주 전, new tests reveal
Three Omicron cases were detected in travellers who arrived in Nigeria from South Africa within the past week, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control said today.
But Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, the agency’s director, added that retroactive testing of Covid samples collected in recent weeks had identified another case of Omicron dating back to October.
It means that Omicron – designated a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO and believed to be the most-infectious form of Covid yet found – was likely circulating undetected for weeks before first being identified.
The discovery comes just a day after after Dutch health authorities said they also found a case of Omicron in a sample collected on November 19, four days before South Africa sounded the alarm.
If confirmed, the Nigerian case would be the earliest-known Omicron infection – rewriting the timeline of the variant’s origins.
하나, it does not necessarily mean the variant emerged in Nigeria because it is unclear how or why the sample was collected. Dr Adetifa did not give details.
Nigeria – in western Africa – extensively tests travellers into and out of the country, meaning it is possible the case was imported from overseas.
지금까지, it had been assumed the variant first emerged in southern Africa where it was detected on November 23 by South African scientists in a sample collected from Botswana on November 9.
Nigeria’s three recent cases were all in travellers from South Africa who had taken a Day 2 PCR test, with samples collected within the last week.
It is unclear when exactly the samples were collected. Nigeria said efforts are underway to track and isolate the individuals.