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Only in the UK where Christmas takes place as usual! Isle of Man holds festive counter


Isle of Man residents gathered for the annual lights on last night as the island prepared to be the only place in Britain to celebrate a normal Christmas.

Tons of people gathered in the center of the capital, Douglas, to tune in at 7pm as music, entertainment, and a winter wonderland were brought in.

The island, home to just 84,000 people, has relaxed its rules as it has seen a low rate of infection throughout the pandemic.

Elsewhere across the UK:

  • England Coronavirus The outbreak slowed in the first full week of the second national shutdown.
  • Cross the Scottish The border will be illegal by the end of the week Covid Restrictions;
  • Mark Drakeford warned of action in Wales this Christmas after a "fire safety" lockdown ended on November 9th.
  • A new lockdown in Northern Ireland will go into effect next week after stores reopened on Friday.

The Isle of Man residents gathered in their hundreds last night to turn on the annual light

The island is preparing to be the only place in the British Isles to celebrate a normal Christmas

The island is preparing to be the only place in the British Isles to celebrate a normal Christmas

Countless people gathered in the center of the capital, Douglas, to tune in at 7 p.m.

Countless people gathered in the center of the capital, Douglas, to tune in at 7 p.m.

There were a number of festive goodies including music, entertainment, and a winter wonderland that made up what officials touted as "the greatest Christmas show".

There were a number of festive goodies including music, entertainment, and a winter wonderland that made up what officials touted as "the greatest Christmas show".

Dozens of people can be seen in a choir playing Christmas carols while others smile as their pictures are taken

Dozens of people can be seen in a choir playing Christmas carols while others smile as their pictures are taken

Pictures show the streets lit with red and green lights while a massive 20-foot Christmas tree was erected and lit.

Pictures show the streets lit with red and green lights while a massive 20-foot Christmas tree was erected and lit.

Douglas Mayor John Joughin pressed the button to turn on the lights and mark the start of the holiday season

Douglas Mayor John Joughin pressed the button to turn on the lights and mark the start of the holiday season

All major Christmas light events in the UK have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing lockdown (Isle of Man image).

All major Christmas light events in the UK have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing lockdown (Isle of Man image).

Pictures show the streets lit with red and green lights while a massive 20-foot Christmas tree was erected and lit. Dozens of people can be seen in a choir playing Christmas carols.

Few cases and no rules: what is the Covid situation like on the Isle of Man?

366 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Isle of Man since March, of which nine are currently active and one person is hospitalized.

But the government has lifted all restrictions on public life.

The website states: “All legal requirements for social distancing and all restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings have now been lifted.

& # 39; This was possible because of the commitment of the Manx public.

“Meeting friends and family is a very important way of promoting our spiritual well-being and keeping in touch.

“If you meet people from outside your household, that is, people you do not currently live with, you no longer need to be 2 meters away. However, it is recommended that you continue to follow basic hygiene measures, including regular hand washing and coughing or sneezing in your elbow. & # 39;

Others sat in ice sculptures, hugging their friends and family, and exchanging gifts before the Christmas season.

Douglas Mayor John Joughin pressed the button to turn on the lights and mark the start of the holiday season.

All major Christmas light events in the UK have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing lockdown.

366 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Isle of Man since March, of which nine are currently active and one person is hospitalized.

Because of the low rate, the restrictions on people's lives have also been lifted.

The government website states: “All legal requirements for social distancing and all restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings have now been lifted.

& # 39; This was possible because of the commitment of the Manx public.

“Meeting friends and family is a very important way of promoting our spiritual well-being and keeping in touch.

“If you meet people from outside your household, that is, people you do not currently live with, you no longer need to be 2 meters away. However, it is recommended that you continue to follow basic hygiene measures, including regular hand washing and coughing or sneezing in your elbow. & # 39;

The R-rate across the UK could be just 1, according to official data, raising hopes for a lock-free Christmas.

ONS data showed that daily infections fell from 47,700 to 38,900 between November 8 and 14, a decrease of 18 percent.

The ONS said the rate of new infections "appears to have leveled off over the past week".

The promising numbers from the ONS seem to suggest that the local third tier lockdown rules and national shutdown are slowing the spread of the virus.

Statistics panel experts said: "The rate of increase (in positive tests) in England has slowed down in the last few weeks."

Last night there were fundraisers in front of the giant tree in the capital Douglas on the Isle of Man

Last night there were fundraisers in front of the giant tree in the capital Douglas on the Isle of Man

Men, women and children beam as they flock to the island's stunning Christmas tree last night

Men, women and children beam as they flock to the island's stunning Christmas tree last night

Two girls smile with a toy as they have their picture taken in Douglas, the island's capital

Two girls smile with a toy as they have their picture taken in Douglas, the island's capital

Carol singers stand in formation as they indulge the Isle of Man with Christmas carols

Carol singers stand in formation as they indulge the Isle of Man with Christmas carols

Children happily go along as they take part in the celebrations in the capital, Douglas last night

Children happily go along as they take part in the celebrations in the capital, Douglas last night

Two children sit in giant ice loungers during the Isle of Man Christmas celebrations last night

Two children sit in giant ice loungers during the Isle of Man Christmas celebrations last night

A child tries to catch something in their mouth while sitting in front of the display Thursday night

A child tries to catch something in their mouth while sitting in front of the display Thursday night

In the meantime, SAGE stated that the reproductive rate "R" – the average number of people to whom each Covid-19 patient passes the disease – has decreased slightly from a maximum of 1.2 in the last week to a maximum of 1.1 and just 1.0 or 1.0 could be lower in any region of the UK.

The group's modeling estimates that the R is now between 1.0 and 1.1, meaning that an average of all 10 Brits with Covid will infect between 10 and 11 others.

They estimated that number between 1.0 and 1.2 last week.

The R is one of many indicators that scientists use to assess the trajectory of Covid. If they drop below 1, the virus is on the decline.

The promising dates are a major boost to Boris Johnson's plans to relax the five-day lockdown over Christmas and reunite the families after a turbulent year in which loved ones were separated for months.

Negotiations between the four home countries continue as they try to find the safest way for people to celebrate the festive season without reversing the effects of the lockdown and re-flaring the virus.

However, crossing the Scottish border will be illegal as of later this week amid sweeping new Covid restrictions that critics have described as "deeply flawed".

From 6pm on Friday, entry or exit to Scotland is prohibited without proper apology and anyone caught can be fined £ 60.

People living in level three or four restricted areas – which include much of central Scotland – are also not allowed to leave their area.

However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been faced with allegations that the rules cannot be legally implemented by the Scottish Parliament.

Who is at the top of the UK coronavirus table? According to official figures, England has the highest rate of Covid-19 infections, followed by Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Who is at the top of the UK coronavirus table? According to official figures, England has the highest rate of Covid-19 infections, followed by Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

People living in level three or four restricted areas - which include much of central Scotland - are also not allowed to leave their area

People living in level three or four restricted areas – which include much of central Scotland – are also not allowed to leave their area

In Wales, a 17-day "fire safety" lockdown ended on November 9, and First Secretary Mark Drakeford said the restrictions had managed to bring down coronavirus rates.

The lockdown began on October 23 and has been criticized by UK ministers but Mr Drakeford said after 10 consecutive days of decreasing numbers that the evidence was "now good enough to say the fire protection period was successful".

He told a press conference that the measures taken by the Welsh government after the fire would not be changed for the next two weeks as "there is no room for further relaxation".

Many businesses across Northern Ireland reopened Friday morning after a limited breaker shutdown but will have to close again in a week.

It was announced on Thursday evening that non-essential retail stores, pubs and restaurants will have to close again for two weeks from November 27th in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Deputy First Minister Michelle O & # 39; Neill said the decision was "difficult but correct".

In Wales, a 17-day "fire safety" lockdown ended on November 9, and Mark Drakeford said the restrictions had managed to bring down coronavirus rates (pictured, Cardiff today).

In Wales, a 17-day "fire safety" lockdown ended on November 9, and Mark Drakeford said the restrictions had managed to bring down coronavirus rates (pictured, Cardiff today).

Shoppers wear brollies in the center of Cardiff, where shops are open and crowds are out to buy unnecessary items before Christmas

Shoppers wear brollies in the center of Cardiff, where shops are open and crowds are out to buy unnecessary items before Christmas

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