Buyers have rushed out of their droves to fill up on meals because the prospect of recent Covid restrictions after Christmas looms giant. 

Large queues fashioned exterior supermarkets together with Tesco and Marks and Spencer, butchers and cheesemongers in Bristol, Crawley and Hampshire at the moment after Boris Johnson gave the inexperienced mild on households mixing on December 25. 

A change in self-isolation guidelines implies that 1000’s of people that confronted Christmas alone after testing constructive can now take pleasure in festivities with family and friends. Nevertheless, mounting uncertainty in regards to the Omicron variant is threatening to plunge the nation additional into disaster. 

And with the Prime Minister refusing to rule out recent curbs subsequent week, households may effectively be stocking up on social gathering meals and wine for personal New 12 months’s Eve events.

MPs and hospitality chiefs are begging for readability on the New 12 months interval, which might be make or break for a lot of bars and eating places after Authorities ‘scare tales’ about Omicron in current weeks triggered a wave of cancellations.

Well being Secretary Sajid Javid Javid at the moment insisted there aren’t any plans for any additional Covid restrictions this week, however warned: ‘We’ll hold the scenario underneath overview. We’ll hold analysing that knowledge and if must do something extra we are going to’.

As England adopts a ‘wait and see’ strategy, ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire have introduced stringent controls together with limits on social gatherings and obligatory enterprise closures from Boxing Day.

Care Minister Gillian Keegan has informed folks to solely plan New 12 months’s Eve events they’ll cancel at quick discover. She introduced that 14 folks have died with Omicron within the UK. Nevertheless, the Authorities has not but revealed any particulars in regards to the victims – together with their ages, their underlying state of well being, and whether or not or not they had been vaccinated. 

Because the coronavirus disaster lurches into its newest dramatic section:

  • Boris Johnson is at the moment being urged to ditch the thought of New 12 months restrictions after research confirmed the Omicron pressure is milder than Delta;
  • Britain is contemplating giving out fourth Covid vaccines in a bid to cease the surge of Omicron circumstances, following the lead of Germany and Israel;
  • Thousands and thousands will face journey chaos over Christmas and the New 12 months due to rail strikes, airport disruption and predictions of the busiest roads in years;
  • The Military can be known as in to assist run makeshift Covid wards inside hospital canteens, automotive parks and assembly rooms if the NHS turns into overwhelmed;
  • Covid hospitalisations in London have risen 50 per cent in per week to 301, approaching the Authorities’s threshold of 400 for introducing lockdown.
Panicking shoppers rushed out in their droves to stock up on food at a Tesco supermarket in Bristol

Panicking consumers rushed out of their droves to fill up on meals at a Tesco grocery store in Bristol

People are seen queuing for a butchers in Petersfield in Hampshire this morning

Individuals are seen queuing for a butchers in Petersfield in Hampshire this morning

People are seen queuing for a butchers in Petersfield in Hampshire as Covid uncertainty grips the country

Individuals are seen queuing for a butchers in Petersfield in Hampshire as Covid uncertainty grips the nation

Shoppers formed a big queue outside a Marks and Spencer store in Crawley this morning

Buyers fashioned an enormous queue exterior a Marks and Spencer retailer in Crawley this morning

People were seeing forming a big queue outside a butchers in Gravesend today amid Covid uncertainty

Individuals had been seeing forming an enormous queue exterior a butchers in Gravesend at the moment amid Covid uncertainty

Researchers at Imperial Faculty London discovered Omicron is 10 per cent much less prone to trigger hospitalisation in somebody who has by no means been vaccinated or beforehand contaminated with Covid than with Delta. Hospitalisation is as much as 20 per cent much less probably within the normal inhabitants — together with those that have been contaminated or vaccinated — and 45 per cent much less probably for at the least an evening

The concerns come after senior SAGE scientist Neil Ferguson — who just last week warned there could be up to 5,000 daily Omicron deaths in the UK — said the country's fourth wave will be 'nothing like what we seen last year, with ICUs overflowing with patients' on the back of the new findings

Boris Johnson will wait until after December 25 to announce any post-Christmas Covid changes, after studies showed Omicron is milder and far less likely to cause hospitalisation than Delta

SAGE scientist Professor Neil Ferguson – who simply final week warned there might be as much as 5,000 day by day Omicron deaths within the UK – mentioned the nation’s fourth wave can be ‘nothing like what we seen final 12 months, with ICUs overflowing with sufferers’ on the again of the brand new findings. Proper, Prime Minister Boris Johnson

87% of South African Omicron deaths are within the unvaccinated

By Eleanor Hayward, Well being Correspondent for the Each day Mail 

9 in ten Omicron deaths are in unvaccinated sufferers, knowledge from South Africa reveals.

Of the nation’s 309 deaths from the variant, simply 40 have been in those that had obtained two vaccine doses. It means 87 per cent of deaths had been in sufferers who’ve had solely a single dose or no jabs in any respect.

Its well being officers mentioned the dying price from the Omicron variant is ‘decrease than at some other level of the pandemic’ whereas hospitalisation charges are 80 per cent decrease.

Simply 5 per cent of hospitalised sufferers have died from the virus in the course of the Omicron outbreak, in comparison with 24 per cent in earlier waves.

The figures spotlight the essential position of vaccines in stopping extreme illness. The analysis was carried out by scientists from establishments such because the College of the Witwatersrand and had been revealed by the Nationwide Institute for Communicable Illnesses, together with a research confirming Omicron results in milder sickness.

Scientists checked out knowledge from greater than 160,000 folks with Covid, evaluating hospitalisation charges in the course of the Omicron wave with earlier variants.

After adjusting for different elements, the researchers discovered folks with Omicron are 80 per cent much less prone to be admitted to hospital.

Lead writer Professor Cheryl Cohen mentioned: ‘Omicron is behaving in a method that’s much less extreme.

‘Our knowledge actually recommend a constructive story of a diminished severity of Omicron in comparison with different variants.’

The research mentioned it was too early to know if excessive ranges of immunity from earlier an infection and/or vaccines had been maintaining hospitalisations low.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen mentioned the most recent Omicron findings present there’s ‘definitely no want for any additional restrictions’. 

Conservative former chief Sir Iain Duncan Smith mentioned the decrease severity has a ‘an enormous bearing on what is occurring’.

‘No extra restrictions. it’s changing into completely clear that these of us who mentioned do not can be proved proper now,’ he informed MailOnline.

‘It’s time for the scientists to cease Venture Concern.’

Sir Iain mentioned that Mr Johnson ought to come out and reassure those who they’ll keep it up comparatively usually. 

‘The general public must really feel OK. Sure they should be cautious. Sure in crowden circumstances sporting facemasks, sure use hand sanitiser… however that isn’t the identical as keep away, do not go to your loved ones all that stuff. The reply is, we simply get on with it,’ he added.

The response got here after a research discovered that even an unvaccinated one who has by no means had Covid and has no immunity, there was a ten per cent decrease danger of being hospitalised with Omicron in comparison with Delta.

For somebody how has been lately contaminated, the prospect of hospitalisation was slashed by 69 per cent in each vaccinated and unvaccinated folks.

The discovering could clarify why in South Africa, the place as much as 70 per cent of individuals have immunity from prior an infection however solely 1 / 4 are jabbed, is seeing day by day hospitalisations stall at lower than 400.

‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson mentioned: ‘You’ll be able to see in London, we’re getting much more folks hospitalised. Not for very lengthy, in all probability not with very extreme sickness.

‘And that is not a mirrored image of Omicron versus Delta, that was already true for Delta infections, that they are much less extreme than they had been final 12 months as a result of there’s a whole lot of immunity within the inhabitants.

‘The problem is, if there’s sufficient of them it nonetheless poses fairly a problem to the NHS. We’re not speaking about something like what we noticed final 12 months with over-flowing intensive care items and ventilator beds.’

The notoriously gloomy professional confirmed he anticipated the Omicron wave to be milder, with sufferers discharged from hospitals faster and fewer Covid deaths, however warned there may nonetheless be important stress on the NHS.

He additionally warned that if infections are 40 per cent increased than they had been with Delta then that would offset any discount in severity. 

Livid hospitality chiefs are begging for pressing readability from Mr Johnson on what ‘damaging’ Covid restrictions can be imposed after December 25.

The Prime Minister is planning to announce new curbs between Christmas and New 12 months because the Omicron variant plunges the nation additional into disaster.

Report 1.4MILLION folks had Covid in UK final week – one in 50 – official knowledge reveals as symptom research claims half of everybody with a chilly has Omicron — however 95% of adults now have antibodies 

Practically 1.4million folks — one in 50— had Covid throughout the UK final week, official knowledge from the nation’s largest surveillance research confirmed at the moment.

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) Covid an infection survey — primarily based on random swabs of 554,323 folks — estimated 1.2million folks had the virus on any day within the week as much as December 16 in England alone.

General, 1,370,700 folks had been considered contaminated per day in the course of the week — an all-time file for the survey — because the influence of the Omicron variant on infections turned evident.

And separate analysis from King’s Faculty London scientists confirmed circumstances ‘exploded’ with an estimated 144,284 new symptomatic infections per day within the week as much as December 20, up 66 per cent on the earlier week.

The determine was the biggest ever recorded by the ZOE symptom-tracking research, with the earlier highest coming within the week as much as October 23 this 12 months, when 92,953 infections had been estimated to happen on any given day.

Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist who runs the research, mentioned whereas the excessive an infection stage was ‘worrying’, his research was consistent with the wealth proof exhibiting Omicron is milder. He claimed half of everybody who had a chilly final week in all probability has Omicron.

Professor Spector: ‘The variety of new symptomatic circumstances has exploded over the past week, making it the largest leap in circumstances I’ve seen since we began the ZOE Covid Examine.

‘While the figures paint a worrying image, the excellent news is that our preliminary knowledge, primarily based on round 2,500 possible circumstances reported on the ZOE app means that Omicron is extra delicate that Delta.

‘Nevertheless, this extremely transmissible variant will infect many extra folks earlier than the 12 months is out. To assist us gradual the unfold, my recommendation continues to be [to] keep away from gathering indoors, and, if you’re assembly up with folks, test everybody is freed from chilly signs, check your self simply earlier than and get absolutely vaccinated.’

However present restrictions and Covid fears have pushed folks away from metropolis centres. Final evening, London’s social gathering capital Soho was so quiet that pubs and eating places shut by 10pm. On the weekend, pubs, eating places and bars suffered a 40 per cent droop in gross sales, whereas Greene King mentioned a few of its websites had been down 80 per cent on pre-pandemic ranges.

And in an extra blow to the ‘devastated’ hospitality sector, round 6million adults within the UK are planning to usher in the New 12 months at house over Zoom.

Economists have now estimated that restrictions in place throughout the UK have already value the hospitality and retail sectors £2.7billion this month.

An evaluation by the Centre for Economics and Enterprise Analysis has discovered that bars and nightclubs would lose £450million in earnings on New 12 months’s Eve alone if they’re compelled to shut, whereas Authorities limits on household occasions on December 31 may take an extra £100million out of the financial system.

Final evening, hospitality leaders in Wales mentioned Mark Drakeford’s punitive Boxing Day restrictions ‘will ‘just about shut Wales’ occasions business’. 

Enterprise leaders in Northern Eire branded new controls coming into power from December 26 ‘unacceptable and unforgivable’.  And hospitality chiefs in Scotland known as Nicola Sturgeon’s Hogmanay clampdown ‘a devastating blow’ to the sector.

A survey by the Night time Time Industries Affiliation discovered that bars, pubs and nightclubs have already misplaced round half of their December revenue, with particular person premises recording ‘Covid money owed’ of greater than £100,000. Round 4 in ten mentioned they may go to the wall in much less a month with out monetary support, whereas half mentioned greater than 50 per cent of jobs are in danger. 

UKHospitality chief govt Kate Nicholls mentioned companies’s hopes of recouping losses have been ‘shattered’ by the measures.

‘The price of the sector having to close down the reopen is staggering and can delay our restoration even additional – inevitably costing 1000’s of jobs,’ she added. 

Douglas McWilliams, the CEBR’s deputy chairman, informed MailOnline: ‘Any resolution on an extra tightening of restrictions must steadiness the medical good points with the financial injury.

‘On the info accessible at current it appears as if the potential financial injury can be much more critical, significantly to the hard-pressed hospitality sector, than any acquire from diminished transmission of the brand new variant.’

Alastair Kerr, South West Regional Consultant for the Marketing campaign for Pubs, known as the prospect of extra restrictions ‘an amazing fear to many within the hospitality sector’. 

‘We’ve seen lots of our beloved publicans hand over over the previous few weeks because of the added stress of restrictions and the shortage of clear Authorities recommendation and help for his or her companies,’ he informed MailOnline.

‘Many publicans have additionally cancelled their beer & inventory orders for the approaching weeks as there isn’t a certainty they may be capable to open publish Christmas to commerce. 

‘The current announcement of monetary grants by the Chancellor has carried out little or no to guarantee a struggling business as for a lot of, these grants don’t go far sufficient to cowl the festive interval and barely cowl lease let solely enterprise overheads.

‘What our publicans want is readability on the Governments place to alleviate the good stress and nervousness that’s felt by all within the hospitality sector at current.’   

Wales has had the bottom Covid price of the UK nations over the past seven days at 606 circumstances per 100,000 folks – a lot decrease than London’s price of 1,400 circumstances per 100,000.

Nevertheless, Wales’s day by day Covid circumstances yesterday had been nearly double final week’s determine with 4,662 new infections, in comparison with 2,431 on the identical day final week.  

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the emerging findings on severity were 'encouraging' after No10 confirmed that there will be no more announcements on toughening rules until next week

Well being Secretary Sajid Javid mentioned the rising findings on severity had been ‘encouraging’ after No10 confirmed that there can be no extra bulletins on toughening guidelines till subsequent week

The chaotic Christmas getaway BEGINS: Livid rail passengers are stranded by CANCELLED trains amid staffing disaster… whereas automotive hearth grinds visitors to a HALT on M5 as 18MILLION autos hit the roads over subsequent two days 

The scramble to race house for Christmas earlier than additional Covid restrictions are imposed has triggered journey chaos at the moment, with livid rail passengers complaining of prepare cancellations and a automotive hearth bringing one among Britain’s busiest motorways to a standstill.

Greater than 18million autos will hit the roads at the moment and Christmas Eve to see household and mates over the vacation, with the RAC estimating that 5million alone will head out tomorrow on what’s being dubbed ‘frantic festive Friday’.

However CrossCountry final evening warned that rail strikes will see a diminished variety of trains operating tomorrow and on New 12 months’s Eve.

And travellers utilizing Heathrow Airport on Boxing Day additionally face points as it is going to be minimize off from Tube and prepare hyperlinks resulting from engineering works.

Lots of of rail passengers had been pictured ready at London’s Euston Station this morning. Others complained that their companies had been cancelled, with rail operators urging them to get on different trains. Nevertheless, the prospect of packed carriages has sparked fears of a Covid ‘super-spreader’ amongst travellers.

Throughout rush hour, a automotive hearth on the M5 northbound between junctions 19 and 20 close to Clevedon introduced visitors in each instructions to a standstill. There have been no reported accidents. The automobile stays on the onerous shoulder of the M5, with emergency companies and Nationwide Highways groups will assess whether or not the street wants resurfacing as soon as the automotive is eliminated.

The Welsh Authorities just isn’t imposing guidelines on households mixing in non-public houses, however has issued more durable steering which ‘strongly’ advises folks to restrict family mixing. Mr Drakeford has really helpful that not more than three households combine indoors. 

He mentioned the measures are crucial as a result of ‘we face a really critical scenario in Wales’ as he piled the stress on Mr Johnson.   

Tory MPs accused Mr Drakeford of overreacting as they described the brand new curbs as ‘disproportionate’ and claimed the Labour politician had made the transfer as a result of ‘he desires to do one thing completely different to the UK Authorities simply to point out that he can’.

Mr Johnson hit the brakes on a Christmas lockdown in England as scientists concluded Omicron is prone to be milder than Delta, with ministers saying circumstances are additionally decrease than feared. 

The Prime Minister declared  that Christmas can positively go forward ‘cautiously’, however warned that the Authorities is monitoring the unfold of the mutant pressure hour by hour and is ‘prepared’ to behave after December 25 if crucial.

Nevertheless, in a glimmer of sunshine there are claims that the UK Well being Safety Company has tentatively backed options that Omicron infections are usually much less extreme.

The scientists additionally endorsed earlier findings that booster jabs supply important safety from growing signs and ending up in hospital, based on Politico. 

One other South African research has recommended the chance of hospitalisation is 80 per cent decrease with the variant.

The proof doesn’t imply that the risk from the variant may be ignored, as it’s so transmissible that giant numbers are set to finish up needing pressing care.

Authorities sources are adamant that it didn’t play an element within the resolution on Christmas final evening. 

Nevertheless, the obvious findings can be a major enhance to the Prime Minister as he weighs up whether or not to usher in even more durable restrictions as early as subsequent week. 

It got here as The Guardian reported that the NHS may arrange ‘subject hospitals’ in hospital automotive parks to offer ‘tremendous surge’ capability if Omicron causes a large spike in hospitalisations above earlier peak ranges.   

In the meantime hospitality bosses have known as for extra help from the Authorities. 

Emma McClarkin, chief govt of the British Beer and Pub Affiliation, informed MailOnline: ‘Our overwhelming hope is that we are able to stay open and buying and selling over Christmas and into the New 12 months. 

‘It’s a essential time for pubs and brewers and after such a difficult 12 months folks can be determined to ring in 2022 with a pint at their native.’

And Peter Marks, chief govt of Rekom, the UK’s largest operator of late bars and golf equipment, informed BBC Radio 4 that New 12 months’s Eve alone is price as much as 10 per cent of its earnings throughout an ‘completely vital’ time of 12 months.

He mentioned: ‘We’re operating at 40 per cent down at a time frame which is completely vital for us as a enterprise and money circulation, observing subsequent weekend – questioning, effectively, we’re in all probability OK to Christmas now, albeit limping alongside, however could not even be open on New 12 months’s Eve which is price about 8 to 10 per cent of our annual revenue.’ 

Retail can also be being badly hit, with the New West Finish Firm saying the variety of consumers within the London district was yesterday down 27 per cent on pre-pandemic ranges. 

How Covid restrictions evaluate throughout the UK 

Stormont ministers in Northern Eire have unveiled new measures to assist fight rising case numbers of coronavirus within the nation.

On Wednesday night, ministers agreed a sequence of restrictions resulting from come into power on Boxing Day, together with the closure of nightclubs, and steering to restrict contacts with completely different households.

Right here, we take a look at how the measures evaluate within the completely different UK nations.

– What’s the scenario in England?

One huge change which has taken place from December 22 is the foundations surrounding the self-isolation interval.

If an individual in England has examined constructive or has signs, they’ll cease self-isolating after seven days as a substitute of 10 days in the event that they obtain two unfavourable lateral circulation check outcomes on days six and 7.

Those that are unvaccinated shut contacts of constructive circumstances should nonetheless isolate for 10 days.

By way of restrictions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reassured those who no additional curbs can be launched in England earlier than December 25. He has but to announce a post-Christmas Covid technique for England.

England at the moment has probably the most relaxed guidelines within the UK, however a current vote in Parliament noticed some measures launched, together with Covid passes for entry into nightclubs and different venues as of December 15.

This is applicable to indoor occasions with 500 or extra attendees the place persons are prone to stand or transfer round, comparable to music venues, outside occasions with 4,000 or extra attendees, comparable to music festivals, and any occasions with 10,000 or extra attendees, whether or not indoors or open air, comparable to sports activities stadiums.

Face coverings have additionally been made obligatory in most indoor public settings, in addition to on public transport, and folks have been informed to work at home if they’ll.

Individuals aged 18 and over are capable of get their third jabs from this week.

England’s steering is that individuals ought to work at home if they’ll. Anybody who can not work at home ought to proceed to go in to work – however is inspired to contemplate taking lateral circulation exams often.

– What are the foundations in Wales?

From December 26, teams of not more than six folks can be allowed to fulfill in pubs, cinemas and eating places in Wales.

Licensed premises must supply desk service solely, face masks must be worn and speak to tracing particulars collected and the two-metre social distancing guidelines are set to return in public locations and workplaces.

Sporting occasions can be performed behind closed doorways to assist management the unfold of the brand new Omicron variant.

Nightclubs can even be closed from Boxing Day underneath the brand new guidelines, though the Welsh Authorities has introduced a £120 million fund to help any companies affected by the restrictions.

Rules can even be modified to incorporate a requirement to work at home wherever doable.

A most of 30 folks can attend indoor occasions and a most of fifty folks at outside occasions. There can be an exception for group sports activities, the place as much as 50 spectators will be capable to collect along with these participating.

Individuals attending weddings or civil partnership receptions or wakes are additionally being informed to take a lateral circulation check earlier than attending.

– What about Scotland?

From Boxing Day, giant occasions may have one-metre social distancing and can be restricted to 100 folks standing indoors, 200 folks sitting indoors and 500 folks open air.

The next day, the one-metre bodily distancing can be carried out between adults in all indoor hospitality and leisure settings, together with pubs, bars, eating places, cafes and different settings the place foods and drinks is served, gyms, theatres, cinemas, bingo and snooker halls and bowling alleys.

Museums, galleries and different customer sights even have the identical guidelines in place.

Desk service can also be required the place alcohol is being served.

Ministers at Holyrood have introduced a package deal totalling £375 million, together with £175 million of further funding from the Treasury, to help sectors affected by the most recent protecting measures to fight Omicron.

Since December 14, folks have been requested to scale back their social contact as a lot as doable by assembly in teams of not more than three households.

Permitting workers to work at home the place doable has turn out to be a authorized responsibility on employers.

Care house visits have additionally been restricted to 2 households.

– What’s Northern Eire doing?

Northern Eire deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill mentioned nightclubs can be closed from 6am on December 26.

Dancing can even be prohibited in hospitality venues, however this won’t apply to weddings.

Whereas nightclubs should shut, different restrictions are coming into impact on the remainder of the hospitality sector. Individuals should stay seated for desk service, whereas desk numbers can be restricted to 6.

Ministers additionally agreed that sporting occasions can proceed with no limits on capability, whereas the work-from-home message is being bolstered and laws launched to require social distancing in places of work and related typed workplaces.

Weddings are exempted from the most recent measures.

From December 27, the steering is for mixing in a home setting to be restricted to 3 households.

‘We have NO different choice however to open on NYE’: Pub boss says hospitality corporations want readability on Covid curbs throughout ‘vital week’ for commerce – as images present London’s social gathering capital Soho DESERTED at 10pm simply three nights earlier than Christmas

Livid hospitality chiefs are begging for pressing readability from Boris Johnson on what ‘damaging’ Covid restrictions can be imposed after December 25.

The Prime Minister is planning to announce new curbs between Christmas and New 12 months because the Omicron variant plunges the nation additional into disaster.

However present restrictions and Covid fears have pushed folks away from metropolis centres. Final evening, London’s social gathering capital Soho was so quiet that pubs and eating places shut by 10pm. On the weekend, pubs, eating places and bars suffered a 40 per cent droop in gross sales, whereas Greene King mentioned a few of its websites had been down 80 per cent on pre-pandemic ranges.

And in an extra blow to the ‘devastated’ hospitality sector, round 6million adults within the UK are planning to usher in the New 12 months at house over Zoom.

Economists have now estimated that restrictions in place throughout the UK have already value the hospitality and retail sectors £2.7billion this month.

A quiet Soho at night as many restaurants and bars ended up closing at 10pm due to low footfall in central London on Wednesday night

A quiet Soho at evening as many eating places and bars ended up closing at 10pm resulting from low footfall in central London on Wednesday evening

Tables outside restaurants in Soho, London, were empty last night at 10pm as people stayed home amid Covid-19

Tables exterior eating places in Soho, London, had been empty final evening at 10pm as folks stayed house amid Covid-19

A quiet Soho at night as many restaurants and bars ended up closing early due to low footfall. With some closed completely not to reopen in the foreseeable future

A quiet Soho at evening as many eating places and bars ended up closing early resulting from low footfall. With some closed fully to not reopen within the foreseeable future

An evaluation by the Centre for Economics and Enterprise Analysis has discovered that bars and nightclubs would lose £450million in earnings on New 12 months’s Eve alone if they’re compelled to shut, whereas Authorities limits on household occasions on December 31 may take an extra £100million out of the financial system.

Final evening, hospitality leaders in Wales mentioned Mark Drakeford’s punitive Boxing Day restrictions ‘will ‘just about shut Wales’ occasions business’. 

Enterprise leaders in Northern Eire branded new controls coming into power from December 26 ‘unacceptable and unforgivable’. 

And hospitality chiefs in Scotland known as Nicola Sturgeon’s Hogmanay clampdown ‘a devastating blow’ to the sector.

A survey by the Night time Time Industries Affiliation discovered that bars, pubs and nightclubs have already misplaced round half of their December revenue, with particular person premises recording ‘Covid money owed’ of greater than £100,000. Round 4 in ten mentioned they may go to the wall in much less a month with out monetary support, whereas half mentioned greater than 50 per cent of jobs are in danger. 

UKHospitality chief govt Kate Nicholls mentioned companies’s hopes of recouping losses have been ‘shattered’ by the measures.

‘The price of the sector having to close down the reopen is staggering and can delay our restoration even additional – inevitably costing 1000’s of jobs,’ she added. 

The chaotic Christmas getaway BEGINS: Livid rail passengers are stranded by CANCELLED trains amid staffing disaster… whereas automotive hearth grinds visitors to a HALT on M5 as 18MILLION autos hit the roads over subsequent two days

The scramble to race house for Christmas earlier than additional Covid restrictions are imposed has triggered journey chaos at the moment, with livid rail passengers complaining of prepare cancellations and a automotive hearth bringing one among Britain’s busiest motorways to a standstill.

Greater than 18million autos will hit the roads at the moment and Christmas Eve to see household and mates over the vacation, with the RAC estimating that 5million alone will head out tomorrow on what’s being dubbed ‘frantic festive Friday’.

However CrossCountry final evening warned that rail strikes will see a diminished variety of trains operating tomorrow and on New 12 months’s Eve.

And travellers utilizing Heathrow Airport on Boxing Day additionally face points as it is going to be minimize off from Tube and prepare hyperlinks resulting from engineering works.

Lots of of rail passengers had been pictured ready at London’s Euston Station this morning. Others complained that their companies had been cancelled, with rail operators urging them to get on different trains. Nevertheless, the prospect of packed carriages has sparked fears of a Covid ‘super-spreader’ amongst travellers.

Throughout rush hour, a automotive hearth on the M5 northbound between junctions 19 and 20 close to Clevedon introduced visitors in each instructions to a standstill. There have been no reported accidents. The automobile stays on the onerous shoulder of the M5, with emergency companies and Nationwide Highways groups will assess whether or not the street wants resurfacing as soon as the automotive is eliminated.

The RAC predicted this 12 months would be the busiest Christmas getaway on the roads in 5 years, with only one in ten polled saying they may use public transport. Main roads are prone to be significantly busy between 12pm and 4pm at the moment, and 11am and 2pm tomorrow.

During rush hour, a car fire on the M5 northbound between junctions 19 and 20 near Clevedon brought traffic to a standstill

Throughout rush hour, a automotive hearth on the M5 northbound between junctions 19 and 20 close to Clevedon introduced visitors to a standstill

The vehicle remains on the hard shoulder of the M5, with emergency services and National Highways teams will assess whether the road needs resurfacing once the car is removed

The automobile stays on the onerous shoulder of the M5, with emergency companies and Nationwide Highways groups will assess whether or not the street wants resurfacing as soon as the automotive is eliminated

Hundreds of passengers at Euston Rail Station in London waiting for updates on their train services today

Lots of of passengers at Euston Rail Station in London ready for updates on their prepare companies at the moment

Gatwick Airport has mentioned it expects to welcome 750,000 passengers between December 18 and 31 – practically seven occasions greater than over the identical interval final 12 months. Immediately and Boxing Day are anticipated to be amongst its busiest days, with as much as 35,000 passengers every day. In style locations embody Dublin and Cancun.

Bristol Airport is anticipating it is going to be utilized by greater than 100,000 passengers between December 21 and 31. One among its busiest days can be December 27 when roughly 12,000 passengers will fly in or out of the airport.

And Liverpool John Lennon Airport mentioned it expects round 40,000 passengers to go by means of between Christmas Eve and January 3.

Although the variety of folks heading overseas is increased than final 12 months, it stays method down on pre-pandemic ranges. 

In the meantime, nearly one in 20 trains had been cancelled on Monday, whereas eight operators yesterday warned of the probability of last-minute cancellations.

And Community Rail mentioned it’s conducting signalling, monitor and HS2 work between Paddington and Slough on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, which implies no trains will be capable to serve Heathrow. 

Britain considers FOURTH Covid vaccination: Consultants will study proof on rolling out ANOTHER jab after Israel and Germany introduced second booster to sort out Omicron risk

Britain is contemplating giving out fourth Covid vaccines in a bid to cease the surge of Omicron circumstances, following the lead of Germany and Israel.

The rollout of a second set of boosters is being examined by consultants on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

They may weigh up the degrees of immunity granted by the additional jab in addition to hospitalisation figures, The Telegraph reported.

These with weakened immune methods are already entitled to a fourth job however the aged and different weak teams may quickly be included.

Britain is considering giving out fourth Covid vaccines in a bid to stop the surge of Omicron cases

Britain is contemplating giving out fourth Covid vaccines in a bid to cease the surge of Omicron circumstances

The fourth jab would probably come 4 months after the third if it will get the inexperienced mild and might be accessible within the new 12 months.

Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the JCVI, mentioned: ‘We have to see extra knowledge. We’re in several circumstances to Israel and we have to see extra knowledge on waning immunity and vaccine effectiveness in opposition to hospitalisation.’

An Israeli well being professional, who s sharing findings with the UK, mentioned they’re already seeing waning immunity from the third jab, prompting the additional spherical of vaccinations.