Pensions secretary Therese Coffey says no 'snogging under mistletoe'

No ‘snogging under the mistletoesays cabinet minister: Pensions secretary Therese Coffey tells Christmas revellers to keep their distance from each other in MORE mixed messaging from government

  • Sajid Javid was the first to spark anger from hospitality bosses after he urged partygoers to take a Covid test
  • Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey went further, saying there ‘shouldn’t be much snogging under mistletoe
  • It emerged that office Christmas parties are already being postponed and employees told to work from home
  • Hospitality chiefs and Tory MPs believe mixed messages are having ‘chilling effect on consumer confidence
  • 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.

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    Ministers including Therese Coffey (左图) and Sajid Javid (对) 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

    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.

    没有任何一个 32 confirmed cases in the UK has been hospitalised. 然而, 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 的 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;
    • 另一个 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

    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

    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, 说过: ‘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, 明晰, 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 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

    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 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

    Mr Johnson applauds and looks up at the Downing Street Christmas tree after turning on its lights on Wednesday

    显露: Triple-vaccinated Israeli doctor who believes he caught Omicron Covid variant in London at conference attended by 1,250 people on 23 十一月 – just as new strain was discovered in Africa

    By Katie Weston and Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter for the MailOnline

    A triple-vaccinated 以色列 doctor has raised fears over the 奥米克戎 variant having been in the UK for weeks after saying he believes he caught the strain at a conference in 伦敦 由出席 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, 东伦敦, before returning to Israel.

    三儿子, who is a cardiologist at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, tested positive for the virus four days later, 在十一月 27, and suffered mild symptoms including a sore throat, fever and muscle ache.

    He took three PCR tests on November 20, 21 和 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, 说: ‘I got the Omicron in London, for sure.

    Elad Maor (上图), 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, 东伦敦, before returning to Israel

    Elad Maor (上图), 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, 东伦敦, before returning to Israel

    SAGE calls for compulsory five-day isolation and ‘fit to flytests for all UK arrivals

    All UK arrivals should be forced to quarantine for five days and take a pre-departure PCR test even if they are vaccinated, 智者 has advised.

    The expert panel warned the current travel curbs were allowing ‘significantnumbers of infected people to slip through the cracks.

    目前, fully vaccinated people coming into the UK need to take a PCR test within the first two days of returning to the UK.

    There is nothing stopping them taking this as soon as they land and getting a result on the same day, releasing them from isolation in hours.

    SAGE scientists said this might not give enough time for the virus to incubate. They also called for ministers to bring in day five and day eight tests.

    Only unvaccinated people coming into the UK have to take ‘fit to flytests before getting on a plane back to Britain.

    SAGE’s new advice was leaked from minutes of an emergency meeting about the new Omicron variant held on Monday.

    多于 30 scientists attended the video conference on November 29, led by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty.

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    他说 守护者: ‘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, 他加了: ‘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 加利福尼亚州.

    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.

    Meanwhile in the UK, in rules now enshrined in law until March, 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)说 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 everythingat 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 新冠病毒 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 ‘mildand there is no evidence the new variant has any impact on vaccine effectiveness against serious illness.

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    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

    The Government has insisted the rules will be reviewed in three weekstime but Tory MPs, including former chief whip Mark Harper, have expressed concerns about the expiry date

    Omicron Covid appeared in Nigeria in OCTOBERweeks before South Africa announced discovery of variant, new tests reveal

    尼日利亚 has confirmed its first cases of 奥米克戎 Covid and revealed it was in the country in October, weeks before 南非 alerted the world to its existence.

    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 Omicrondesignated a ‘variant of concernby the WHO and believed to be the most-infectious form of Covid yet foundwas 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 infectionrewriting the timeline of the variant’s origins.

    然而, 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.

    尼日利亚 – in western Africaextensively tests travellers into and out of the country, meaning it is possible the case was imported from overseas.

    到现在, 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.

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