The Prime Minister has written to allay children's fears across the country by confirming that despite Covid restrictions, Santa will be “packing his sleigh and delivering presents” this year.
Boris Johnson set the rules Santa must follow in response to a message from eight-year-old Monti, who had written to the Prime Minister asking for clarification on the matter and the help of the best scholars in Britain.
"Dear Mr. Johnson, I am eight years old and I was wondering if you and the government had thought about Santa Claus coming for Christmas," wrote Monti.
“If we leave the hand sanitizer with the cookies, can it come? Or will he wash his hands? I understand that you are very busy, but can you and the scientists please talk about it? & # 39;
Mr Johnson shared his response letter on Twitter, adding that he had "received many letters" and consulted experts on the matter.
"I called the North Pole and I can tell you that Santa Claus is ready and ready, as is Rudolph and all the other reindeer," wrote the Prime Minister.
"The Chief Medical Officer asked me to tell you that, provided Santa Claus acts responsibly and works quickly and safely as usual, there are no risks to your or his health."
Mr Johnson also praised Monti's idea of putting hand sanitizer next to any goodies left over for Santa.
"Using it yourself and washing your hands regularly is exactly what puts you and your friends on the nice list," he wrote.
Boris Johnson set the rules Santa must follow in response to a message from eight-year-old Monti, who had written to the Prime Minister asking for clarification on the matter and the help of the best scholars in Britain
"I called the North Pole and I can tell you that Santa Claus is ready and ready, as are Rudolph and all the other reindeer," the Prime Minister wrote
Mr Johnson is the youngest leader to affirm to the nation's children that the coronavirus will not stop Santa Claus.
In October, Nicola Sturgeon was forced to promise Scottish children that Santa would deliver their Christmas presents after her best medical advisor called hopes of a traditional festive gathering "fiction".
The Prime Minister joked that their national clinical director, Professor Jason Leitch, would be featured on the front pages of newspapers as the Grinch after saying families should prepare to watch loved ones via Zoom because of the coronavirus.
She tried to downplay the importance of his comments at her daily press conference today when she came under increasing fire over a five-tier lockdown system that was supposed to be even tougher than Boris Johnson's in England.
The Prime Minister was hit by a wave of anger after it was revealed she would like to take a tougher approach than the Prime Minister, with more curbs to help fight the pandemic.
Ms. Sturgeon was faced with a barrage of questions when she faced the media after Prof. Leitch told BBC Scotland this morning that while there might be some “normality” over Christmas, “we don't have large family groups will have multiple families, that's fiction for this year & # 39 ;.
After a question about Santa Clauses needing to use Zoom in their grottos across the country, she turned to the camera and said, “When children watch on Santa Claus: Santa Claus is not prevented from delivering your gifts on Christmas Eve. He is a key worker and has many magical powers that make him sure to do so.
“If he has to do Zoom cave appearances to protect you, it's not because he's at risk. As usual, Santa Claus will deliver gifts all over the world. & # 39;
She added, "Since I spend so much time responding to Jason's comments today, I should get him to dress up as the Grinch for Halloween and do a briefing to cheer everyone up."
It came when a wise scientist warned Boris Johnson's three house bubbles, which are a "recipe for regret" that will "throw fuel on the Covid fire" and trigger a deadly third wave.
The director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, Professor Andrew Hayward, claimed the five days of festive freedom would "lead to an increase in transmission", "hospitals would be overrun and unnecessary deaths".
He admitted that vacation cannot be banned, but asked for clearer information on the dangers of social mixing and advised the British to wait a little longer and be patient.
Three households are allowed to create “Christmas bubbles” over the Christmas season after politicians across the UK agree to loosen draconian curbs and give beleaguered families a break from coronavirus rules.
At a meeting of the Cobra Emergency Committee with four nations yesterday afternoon, plans were agreed that allow extended families and friends to meet in exclusive groups without social distancing.
How will the government decide what levels areas will be divided into?
Boris Johnson said the government will be "generally sound" when it comes to placing areas in Tiers, and his "winter plan" included a number of metrics that will be used to make the decision. You are:
- Case detection rates in all age groups;
- Case detection rates in the over 60s;
- The rate at which falls rise or fall;
- Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests performed); and
- Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.
However, there are no specific trigger levels for getting on or off levels. The document added that "there will be flexibility to balance these indicators according to the context".
"For example, hospital capacity in a given area needs to be considered in light of capacity in neighboring areas and the feasibility of moving patients," the document says.
"The detection rates of cases need to weigh whether the spread of the virus appears to be limited to particular communities."
The casual action will take place from Wednesday December 23rd through Sunday December 27th, paving the way for families in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to meet.
In England, those who are already in “support bubbles” with vulnerable or lonely relatives living elsewhere are considered a household under the new rules – which increases the size of potential gatherings.
Travel across plains in England is permitted, as is travel between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
But a blow for the hotel industry, the Christmas bubbles may only meet in private houses, places of worship and in public spaces outdoors.
The rules for pubs, restaurants and other venues remain the same no matter what level they are in.
The Christmas agreement was made between the Cabinet Minister Michael Gove and the First Ministers of the decentralized governments.
Mr Gove was optimistic when he said the move would "offer hope to families and friends who have made many sacrifices in this difficult year".
But Boris Johnson and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford were both more cautious. The Prime Minister posted a video on his Twitter that read "The virus doesn't know it's Christmas and we all need to be careful".
Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon suggested that the Christmas break after the coronavirus lockdown in Scotland would not be exactly the same.
Prof. Hayward told Newsnight, "I think the government has really given the go-ahead to allow families to get together over Christmas and effectively this would throw fuel on the Covid fire.
"And thinking will definitely lead to an increase in transmission and likely a third wave of infections with overcrowded hospitals and more unnecessary deaths."
“Covid-19 is a disease that thrives on social contact – especially the kind of close contact in the immediate vicinity that you have in a household under relaxed circumstances.
“It's a virus that is dangerous to the elderly. We are still in a country where Covid is heavily infected, especially among young people. I think it is a recipe of regret for many families to spend hours together, let alone days with older relatives. & # 39;
“All families have a choice here. My personal decision would be to wait safely for a vaccine to come. I would meet with my family if they were vaccinated and have a proper Easter Christmas get-together so many other Christmases would come.
“I think the danger is that the vaccine will be very successful. If we're not careful over Christmas, there is a risk that we will lose sight of defeat in this case.
“I can see that you can't ban Christmas, but I think you can give clear messages to families about the dangers, about the dangers of intergenerational mixing, and that's one thing.
“Many people suffer from loneliness and it is very difficult for people to be separated from their families. But I think people will have to wait a little longer. Be patient. & # 39;
English Chiefs of Medicine and Science, Chris Whitty (left) and Patrick Vallance (right), were at the Cobra meeting tonight to discuss the Christmas rules
Burlington Arcade is decked out with festive decorations, but shops are waiting for the lockdown to end to reopen in central London
Speaking after yesterday's Cobra meeting, Mr Gove said: “The British agreement reached yesterday will offer hope to families and friends who have made many sacrifices during this difficult year.
“We know the Christmas season will not be normal this year, but following constructive discussions between the UK government and decentralized administrations, families and friends now have the opportunity to meet on a limited and cautious basis across the UK if they wish.
"In reaching this agreement, we listened to scientific and clinical advice on how to best minimize risk and establish a balanced and workable set of rules that we hope will allow people to spend time together at this important time of year."
But Prime Minister Johnson was more cautious during a video posted on Twitter, saying, “This year Christmas will be different.
Number 10 & # 39; fake Covid dates picked from cherries to justify England's second lockdown & # 39;
According to one of the UK's top experts, the number 10 cherry-picked "fake" coronavirus dates to justify England's second lockdown are and may have been intended to scare the public.
Well-known statistician Sir David Spiegelhalter said ministers "broke pretty much every code of conduct" by only showing worst-case scenarios, often based on outdated data.
The Cambridge professor told MPs yesterday: “Of course I don't want to attribute motivation to anyone. But if someone was really trying to manipulate the audience, scare them and convince them that what was done was right rather than actually informing them, then this is the kind of thing it could do. & # 39;
Downing Street used Doom-Mongering charts, which predicted 50,000 cases per day by mid-October and 4,000 deaths per day by the end of November, to justify England's second lockdown.
These fantastic charts have been widely ridiculed because the country recorded 14,000 daily infections over the past month and daily deaths averaged 441.
Professor Spiegelhalter said yesterday in a select committee of the House of Commons: “These forecasts were made in early October by a team based on certain very pessimistic assumptions.
“They had already been redesigned twice when they were shown to the public, so it was completely inappropriate to show them to the public.
“I'm not saying the verdict (to decide to go to lockdown) was wrong, I'm not commenting on it.
“What I strongly disagree with is the fact that such incorrect data and graphics were presented to the public as a justification for the decisions made.
“You didn't need this chart, you just needed very short term projections to say something needed to be done, or we could get into real trouble very quickly.
“There is good data available, and yet the need to convince people and give people some emotional response seems to take on a really high level of decision-making at some point. I find it pretty unfortunate. & # 39;
Even Tory MPs compared the Doomsday data used to justify the second lockdown to the controversial dossier Britain sent to war on Iraq.
“Many of us long to spend time with family and friends, regardless of their beliefs or origins. Yet we cannot afford to ignore caution. The virus doesn't know it's Christmas and we all have to be careful.
"I know this is not the same as a normal Christmas holiday and will not work for everyone. It is up to each of us to think carefully about how we use this particular limited-time donation."
The Welsh First Minister, Mr Drakeford, adopted a similar tone, adding: “We need to recognize that Christmas is a very important time for people and that you must have a set of rules within which people will be ready to to operate within.
"While I am hesitant because of the state of the virus in Wales and across the UK, it is better that we come up with a number of joint arrangements that will provide a framework for people to manage and act responsibly within the virus."
Ms Sturgeon had previously suggested that the Christmas break would not be exactly the same following the coronavirus lockdown in Scotland.
She said, “We know that for some, staying in touch with friends and family is vital at this time, as isolation and loneliness can hit people particularly hard at Christmas time. The "bubble" approach aims to reduce this impact.
“But we have to be clear that there can be no further relaxation of the measures for Hogmanay. Even this brief relaxation gives the virus a chance to spread. Our priority is to suppress the transmission of Covid-19 and reduce the risk to the vulnerable and those who have been shielded for so long – and to do this, the rules must be followed.
“Just because you can mingle with others indoors during this time doesn't mean you have to. If you choose to follow the rules as they are, you will continue the hard work to fight this virus and prevent it from spreading. & # 39;
In Scotland there are currently different assembly rules than in England. B. the exclusion of minors under 12 years of age.
For days, desperate efforts have been made to find a common position for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to make a kind of family Christmas possible.
The announcement was expected yesterday, but that was earlier called into question when government sources admitted that "details need to be ironed out".
As the dispute between the British nations continues, Mr Johnson faces a Tory revolt over his new local lockdown plans for December 2nd.
MPs have warned Mr Johnson that placing parts of the country under draconian Level 2 and 3 restrictions and causing a harmful new mutiny will be "catastrophic" for corporations.
Ministers insist that they wait for the latest local infection data to decide which brackets to put each area in. The breakdown is due to be released on Thursday.
But Whitehall sources said there would be very few districts in Tier One where indoor socializing will be allowed.
A source said it was "quite possible no one is in the first tier" when the latest Covid numbers were analyzed on Wednesday by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
Senior Conservatives say the "mood music" is that most places will be subject to the tougher levels – imposing severe restrictions on bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on household mixing.
There have been complaints that the criteria for deciding on animal assignments are too vague and the geographic areas too broad. MPs and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have been lobbying to stay away from the toughest levels.
Alarming to Mr Johnson, the chairman of the mighty year 1922 said yesterday afternoon that he was "inclined" to oppose the measures in a vote next week. Sir Graham Brady said he was concerned that the damage being done to the economy would "leave a legacy to live with for years to come".
Mr Johnson confirmed the blanket lockdown in England will end as planned next Wednesday, but warned that the coronavirus curbs will have to stay in place until Easter despite more good news about vaccines.
The onerous tiered system announced by the Prime Minister will remain in place through March 31
Speaking at a self-isolation press conference on Downing Street, Mr. Johnson said, "It's the time of year to be funny, but it's also the time to be funny, careful, especially with older relatives."
He added, "This is not the time to rip the virus apart for Christmas parties." The government unveiled its new three-tier system for ending the current lockdown on December 2nd.
Labor has said it is unsafe to support the plan when it comes to a vote next week as Tiers are too "risky" but they are more likely to abstain than oppose it directly.
That said, the government is almost guaranteed to win.
However, a major Tory insurrection would deal another blow to the prime minister's authority.
Sir Graham told BBC World at One that he was unlikely to support the measures next week.
"I am concerned that a large number of companies, especially but not exclusively in the hospitality industry, have already lost money under Tier Two," he said.
“There is a very narrow limit to how long they can go on without even higher unemployment and especially youth unemployment.
"And we know the impact – not just economically, but on the other health effects, physical and mental health – is enormous when we see this great economic blow in terms of unemployment and opportunities for young people is the legacy that we could live with for years to come.
Former Minister Sir Desmond Swayne told MailOnline that the critical moment will come when the levels are assigned.
& # 39; There are many concerns. Will anyone get away with Tier One? & # 39; he said.
“I was in Tier One before. The mood music seems to suggest that everyone is climbing one – it's going to be worse than before.
& # 39; We'll have gone from lock to lock under a different name. That is indefinite – it goes on until spring. It's a miserable situation, but devastating for companies.
& # 39; It's disastrous. Those mad scientists … to be fair, they are only asked how to stop a virus from spreading, but politically speaking, how to stop an economic catastrophe from spreading. & # 39;
Tory's mayoral candidate for London Shaun Bailey and MPs in the capital have called on the government to stop the introduction of the third stage.
Mr Khan tweeted, “London's unique ecosystem of bars, businesses, restaurants, clubs and cultural institutions has had an extremely difficult year.
"If they had to close in Tier 3 during the Christmas season and beyond, it would be a blow from the hammer that many might not recover from."
Mr Johnson is trying to get a Christmas deal with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to allow people to travel across the UK
Labor Mayor of Liverpool, Steve Rotheram, also called for the area's status to be downgraded from before the national lockdown. "I definitely hope that our region does not go back to the highest level," he said.
Conservative MP for South West Devon Gary Streeter said he had urged to be in Tier One. "I just finished a Zoom call with health ministers who are pushing for our region to be included in Tier 1 next week," he tweeted.
& # 39; Might touch and walk. We will try to strike the right balance between protecting public health and breathing the economy. & # 39;
Another Tory, William Wragg, warned that his Hazel Grove seat should not be subject to stricter restrictions because of his cases in neighboring areas. "We need to make sure local Covid data is used when making level decisions," he said.
Marcus Fysh MP told MailOnline that the numbers in Yeovil appeared to be down and was "concerned" about the animal assignments. “I'm not sure where Somerset will be. I wouldn't hope tier three, and I wouldn't hope tier two. But I wouldn't be surprised if it was tier two. & # 39;
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