Government faces Tory backbench revolt over plan B Covid measures | Conservatives

Downing Street is facing a damaging revolt over planned Covid restrictions after dozens of Tory backbenchers threatened to rebel or abstain in fury over the proposed new rules and Boris Johnson’s handling of the Christmas party scandal.With at least 30 Conservative MPs already expected to vote against regulations on masks, home working and vaccine passports, … Read more

Thousands protest COVID-19 measures in Brussels – POLITICO

Thousands protest COVID-19 measures in Brussels – POLITICO

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday to march against vaccines and coronavirus restrictions as Europe remains gripped by a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and national authorities fear demonstrators are becoming more radical. Police said some 8,000 took part, a sharp decline from the 35,000 estimated at in a similar protest … Read more

COVID: UK could see ‘more stringent measures’ in New Year after Christmas mixing, expert says | UK News

Christmas shoppers wear masks in Reading, Berkshire. File pic

The UK could face “more stringent measures” after Christmas to counter the spread of the Omicron variant over the festive season, an expert has told Sky News.Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said the emergence of Omicron in the UK was “appalling timing” as the next few weeks are “one of the highest risk periods… with a … Read more

‘I don’t like mandates’: Germans and Austrians on new Covid measures | Germany

The German government has announced a lockdown for the unvaccinated and is considering making Covid vaccines mandatory, after weeks of record infections in the country and much of German-speaking Europe.In Austria, thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against a string of measures: from February, the government will be … Read more

Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures | Coronavirus

Tour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant.From Saturday night, Switzerland mandated 10 days of quarantine for all new arrivals, in effect wrecking skiing holidays in the Swiss Alps until further notice. Travel … Read more

New measures to tackle school Covid staffing shortage

New measures to tackle school Covid staffing shortage

The Department of Education has announced additional measures to help increase the availability of substitute teachers. It comes as schools warn that they are at breaking point amid a crisis level of staff shortages. The teacher shortage crisis has reached levels never seen before, senior school managers say, and they have warned that it is … Read more

Covid measures give us choice. They are not restrictions on British life | Stephen Reicher

Calls for the government to introduce extra measures to contain Covid have grown louder. At the last count these came from the NHS Federation, the British Medical Association, Macmillan Cancer, the behaviours and modelling subcommittees of the emergency science group Sage, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the president of the Royal … Read more

Covid measures ‘plan C’ has been discussed, senior official tells MPs | Coronavirus

A “plan C” for tougher coronavirus restrictions has been discussed in official circles, a senior civil servant has confirmed, despite ministers denying that tougher measures are an option this Christmas should the rate of new cases continue to rise.The indication of planning for potentially harsher restrictions comes as senior scientists and Labour push for the … Read more

COVID-19 cases will keep falling in Ontario with basic health measures in place, new models suggest

COVID-19 cases will keep falling in Ontario with basic health measures in place, new models suggest

The fourth wave of the pandemic in Ontario is receding, and keeping some health measures in place while vaccinating children will keep it under control, the province’s COVID-19 science advisory table said Friday. New data and modelling from the group shows that cases are declining in 26 of Ontario’s 34 public health units and that the … Read more

Unions call for tighter Covid safety measures in schools | Schools

Unions have called on the government to stop “standing by” and reinstate safety measures at schools to prevent further disruption to education this winter as the rate of Covid surges among teenagers.The spread of the virus appears to be significantly outpacing the government’s vaccination programme, with one in 14 secondary school-age children in England infected … Read more

Newfoundland schools adjust health measures as COVID-19 outbreak grows

Newfoundland schools adjust health measures as COVID-19 outbreak grows

Schools in eastern and central Newfoundland have COVID-19 cases connected to them and are adjusting their strategies. (Mike Moore/CBC) Schools in different parts of Newfoundland are adapting to COVID-19 exposures in their areas as new cases continue to rise in the central region of the island. On Sunday, Dr. Monika Dutt, medical officer of health … Read more