The Speaker
Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – 15:39

Coronavirus: Talks regarding UK Christmas arrangements to continue

Talks between the four UK nations regarding Coronavirus rules over the Christmas period are to continue on Wednesday, it is understood.

On Tuesday evening, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove held talks with officials from the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland regarding the currently planned relaxation of Coronavirus restrictions for five days between 23 and 27 December.

Under the eased restrictions, people would be able to form Christmas ‘bubbles’ with up to two other households and travel restrictions across the UK would also be lifted during the five day period. However, there have been growing calls for a rethink of the measures, with there being sharp rises of Coronavirus cases in many parts of the UK.

It is understood that further discussions will take place with scientific and medical experts before a final decision is made on whether to keep or change the rules for the Christmas period that were agreed last month.

Another 506 Coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the UK on Tuesday, taking the UK’s total death toll from COVID-19 (within 28 days of a positive test) to 64,908.

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