While the government is not expected to set a legal limit on how many people may attend family Christmas dinner, Italian media reports suggest it will continue to recommend people avoid any kind of gathering at home outside the immediate family, respecting the country’s existing “rule of six”. … [Read more...] about ‘A Christmas not like others’: Europe wrestles with festive Covid rules
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Can we plan an Easter holiday abroad? For all Hancock’s optimism about the return to more normal life by Easter, it may be a bit early to buy tickets. Even if the UK moves really fast on vaccination, much of the rest of the world will not get supplies or be able to use them quickly and restrictions will probably still apply. Also, a vaccine that is 90% effective will still leave one in 10 people unprotected, so until the levels of virus in countries drops right down, it would be wise not to party or throw away the mask. … [Read more...] about Covid vaccinations: when can we expect them to start in UK?
"Relaxing the rules on indoor mixing for a five-day period will almost certainly carry the risk of a rise in infection rate and possibly more hospitalisation and deaths, adding further pressure on the health service, doctors and NHS staff. … [Read more...] about Scrooge Sage expert warns Christmas ‘rule of 3’ will spark deadly third Covid wave
She said: "The expectation should be that the guidance will probably look to tighten around the edges rather than further expand and that will be true with the travel window of opportunity as well - we want to limit that window, not expand it." … [Read more...] about Lockdown tiers ‘already outdated’ as Covid cases plummet, top expert warns
He told MPs: "Thanks to the shared sacrifice of everyone in recent weeks, in following the national restrictions, we have been able to start to bring the virus back under control and slow its growth, easing some of the pressure on the NHS. … [Read more...] about Tier 3 ‘disappointing’ given Covid cases are falling and R rate is ‘BELOW 1’, blasts expert