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Omicron found to be lower risk, no more Covid rules before Christmas, record levels of cases and self isolation period reduced – this week’s Friday Five

Studies find Omicron risk lower than other variants The UK government says it is monitoring Covid data after early studies found the Omicron variant may cause milder illness than the Delta variant. Scientists said the findings were good news but warned a big wave of cases could still overwhelm the NHS. Analysis by researchers at…

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Covid Latest: booster-rollout, covid passes for large venues, Omicron R number and ‘deprioritise’ social interactions ahead of Christmas – this week’s Friday Five

Website crashes as thousands try to book boosters More than half a million people booked their booster jab on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, after he announced that boosters would be offered to all over-18s by the end of the year. Online bookings for the over-30s opened on Monday, while 18 to 29-year-olds were…

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Covid Latest: ‘Plan B’ introduced in England, Pfizer booster shot effective against Omicron, acceleration of vaccination rollout and calls for stricter rules – this week’s Friday Five

‘Plan B’ measures to be introduced in England On Wednesday night, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced the commencement of tougher Covid, ‘Plan B’ measures in England to control the spread of the Omicron variant. Under the new rules, guidance to work from home will return and facemasks will become mandatory in more indoor public…

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No snogging under the mistletoe, new Covid antibody treatment, trigger for AstraZeneca blood-clots and Omicron – this week’s Friday Five

Government minister says avoid ‘snogging under the mistletoe’ this Christmas According to a government minister, Britons should avoid “snogging under the mistletoe” this Christmas. The work and pensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, told ITV’s Peston programme that “we should all be trying to enjoy the Christmas ahead of us”, adding: “For what it’s worth, I don’t…