Long lines formed at the port of Dover on Friday as thousands of travelers attempted to make their way to France ahead of the country’s ban on British tourists, which goes into effect at 11 p.m.
Many have advanced their Christmas travel plans to avoid the new restrictions, which require British citizens to have a “compelling reason” to enter France, with tourist or business travel being banned.
This is because a leading health expert has said that most people who contract the Omicron variant have a “milder condition that looks like a severe cold” and will recover “within five days.”
Professor Tim Spector, chief scientist of the ZOE Covid app, said many patients did not know the “classic triad” of a persistent cough, loss of smell or taste, and a high fever.
Meanwhile, the Irish Cabinet has agreed to introduce a 8 p.m. closing time for hospitality due to concerns over the spread of Omicron.
Breaking news from across the Irish Sea …
The Irish firm has just agreed to introduce a 8 p.m. closing time for hospitality, amid growing concern over the spread of the Omicron variant.
Boris and Nicola get to work on Omicron call
The prime minister said there had to be “early engagement with the Treasury” on funds to support Covid-19 during a phone call with Nicola Sturgeon, the prime minister’s spokesperson said.
He said Friday’s appeal was constructive “although at this point inconclusive” and that they “share their respective views on Omicron’s current situation and agree that it poses a significant threat to the community. health and economy “.
He added: “The Prime Minister underlined the extreme urgency of the crisis for the companies of the hotel, events, culture and related sectors which are already suffering from a serious financial impact, and underlined that they needed immediate assurances of support from the Treasury.
“The Prime Minister agreed that there had to be early engagement with the Treasury on the immediate measures needed, and pledged to continue talks over the weekend.
“The Prime Minister also made it clear that decentralized administrations need clarity as to whether additional financial support would be available, and also on how it can be triggered by any or all UK administrations, in in the event that additional protective measures are needed to combat the virus in the coming period.
Photo of massive queues at the port of Dover
Thousands of motorists crowd in Dover as they attempt to travel to France ahead of the UK tourist ban … which goes into effect at 11 p.m. GMT.
Break: record Covid cases published for the third day in a row
Another 111 people died within 28 days after testing positive for Covid-19.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there are now 172,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Lateral flow tests are as likely to detect Omicron as other coronavirus variants
Lateral flow tests (LFD) are as likely to detect Omicron as other variants of the coronavirus, the Health Security Agency (HSA) has also found.
HSA CEO Dr Jenny Harries said: “Our data shows that LFD tests are also able to detect Covid-19 in individuals who have been exposed to Omicron than in those exposed to previous variants. It is most encouraging.
“As we all work to limit the high levels of transmission of this variant during the Christmas season, we urge people to test regularly, especially before attending social gatherings.
“As always, the booster vaccine remains the best protection against infection. Please arrive to receive your reminder as soon as possible.
Debt is expected to have increased in November, ahead of Omicron’s surge
The UK is expected to increase its growing debt last month, as statisticians prepare to release official data next week.
With debt having grown more than GDP since the 1960s during the pandemic, Tuesday’s public sector borrowing figures are likely to show a further increase in debt.
But since the numbers will predate the Omicron spread, the amount that public bodies borrow each month is likely to decline.
Last month, the Office for National Statistics reported a drop in the amount borrowed by the public sector in October.
But it is reaching annual highs during the pandemic.
Ministers increased their borrowing, pushing UK debt levels to their highest level in decades.
British battle postponed because of Omicron
The Battle of the Brits event which was scheduled to be held in Aberdeen next week has been postponed due to rising Covid rates.
The exhibition tournament between the best Scottish players against their English counterparts was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with Andy and Jamie Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans among those scheduled to take part.
However, a rapid increase in Covid cases has forced tournament director Jamie Murray and his organizing team to postpone it until 2022.
He said: “Obviously, it’s incredibly disappointing for all of us who are organizing the event, for the players and, above all, for the fans who wanted to come and see us.
“Andy and I, and all the players who need to participate, are absolutely drained, but some things are more important than tennis. All that matters is keeping everyone safe.
“We were blown away by Aberdeen’s enthusiasm for the event and we are all looking forward to hosting the British Schroders – Scotland vs. England battle in 2022.”
PM Minimizes Split Reports With Experts On Omicron Wave
Boris Johnson has played down suggestions that he disagrees with Professor Chris Whitty over advice to the public as the Omicron variant spreads.
During a visit to a vaccination center in Hillingdon, west London on Friday, Mr Johnson said Omicron was “a very serious threat to us now” – and called on people to receive their injections reminder.
The PM suggested he and England’s chief medical officer Professor Whitty were on the same page on Covid, after some Tory MPs claimed experts were ‘running the show’.
“What Chris Whitty and I are saying is there’s a big Omicron wave,” he said.
“People have to be careful. You need to think about your risk budget.
Rupture: More than 3,000 new cases of Omicron detected
3,201 more confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid have been reported in the UK, bringing the total to 14,909.