Analyzing Professor Lockdown’s Omicron Claims

It comes as Mark Drakeford was accused of lying to the public by a former boss of health statistics after saying that omicron was “probably” as serious as delta, despite three studies finding otherwise.

Jamie Jenkins, the former head of health analysis at the Office for National Statistics, said the Welsh prime minister made a “false statement with intent to deceive” as he tried to justify its restrictions on coronaviruses in the face of evidence that the latest Covid variant is milder.

The search will also be of little comfort to Scottish nightclub owners, who have been ordered to close for at least three weeks unless table service and physical distancing are introduced.

The chaos of football matches

Meanwhile, the Covid outbreaks at Leeds United and Watford have plunged the Premier League into boxing day programming chaos.

Leeds’ game at Liverpool and Watford’s trip to Wolves have both been called off with 72 hours to spare following requests from the clubs.

The league has apologized to fans, but the disruption is another headache for broadcasters as well. Read on for more details.

For those hoping to get away from it all this holiday season, Austria has joined with France in tightening travel restrictions on British arrivals, just as the ski season kicks off.

From Saturday, all Britons wishing to visit the Alpine nation must show full proof of vaccination, a booster and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

Still, there is positive news from Covid around.

AstraZeneca has said that a three-dose cycle of its Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly spreading omicron variant, citing data from a University of Oxford study.

Morecambe and Sage

Despite all the concerns related to Covid, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of Health, has confirmed that no further restrictions will be announced in England before Christmas.

So how do you make the most of the big opportunity?

For starters, an episode of Morecambe and Wise Lost for 50 Years will air on Christmas Day after the footage is found in the attic of Eric Morecambe’s son.

The long-lost episode will air on BBC Two and colorized for the first time.

What about the food?

If you haven’t figured out how you plan to cook Christmas dinner yet, Mark Hix offers the ultimate recipe on how to cook roast turkey.

Plus, Tom Kerridge, Tommy Banks, and more share their favorite Christmas dishes and how to prepare them.

PS Thanks again for sharing your unique family Christmas traditions to try and help your neighbor Cover page readers are enjoying this year’s festivities. Here are some inspirations from David norris, 63, from Brentwood:

“We have a tradition in the family that has lasted since the late 1880s of welcoming Christmas Pudding with a song my grandmother learned in elementary school when she was eight years old. The Composer was anonymous and in addition to the extended family we only met one other family who sang it. ” (Email here if you want the lyrics.)

Commentary and Analysis

Around the world: Putin demands Western guarantees

Vladimir Putin today demanded that the West give Russia security guarantees “now”, after he said the United States had agreed to start talks as early as next month. The Russian president during a marathon press conference in Moscow insisted that Russia, which is said to have amassed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine, was not threatening anyone but rather worried about the military activity of NATO close to its borders. Read how President Putin retaliated when a British journalist asked him if he could offer a guarantee that Russia would not attack Ukraine. It comes as hundreds of Russian paratroopers hold two days of military exercises near the Ukrainian border simulating the capture of territory. Read on for more details.

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