Waiting game

Johnson monitoring Omicron data ‘hour by hour’

Stalling: the Prime Minister is stalling on further restrictions

Boris Johnson seems unlikely to impose tighter restrictions on social mixing before Christmas after saying more information was required on the spread of the Omicron variant.

The possibility of a two-week circuit breaker banning indoor gathering was discussed at a three-hour Cabinet meeting.

However, some tightening is expected in the new year, with the Hogmanay parties in Scotland on a knife-edge after London’s mayor Sadiq Khan cancelled the Trafalgar Square event. He also warned that jobs will be lost as cases of the Omicron variant surge across the city.

Scotland’s First Nicola Sturgeon will inform parliament today whether she will introduce any tightening of restrictions.

Holyrood ministers may bring in curbs to large events such as football games and concerts – putting a question mark over the next Old Firm match on 2 January.

The Welsh Government has announced that all sporting events will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day.

Speaking after the Downing Street Cabinet meeting, Mr Johnson said that he would wait until the data was clearer before deciding whether further restrictions were needed.

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