Boris Johnson announces no new Covid measures before Christmas Day

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Boris Johnson has announced no further Covid restrictions will be put in place in England before Christmas.

In a video message, Mr Johnson said that there was not yet “enough evidence” to justify any tougher measures at this stage.

In order to provide confidence over plans for family get-togethers across the festive period, he confirmed there will be no new restrictions before Christmas Day.

But he made clear that he cannot rule out further measures in the following days and has left open the possibility of new controls on pubs and nightclubs by New Year's Eve.

Speaking earlier today Johnson's core message continued to be urging people to get their booster jabs "to secure vital protection for yourselves, your loved ones and your communities."

Rishi Sunak previously said there was "an enormous amount of uncertainty" around Christmas plans and that they couldn't rule anything out.

When asked if he could rule out restrictions before the New Year, the Chancellor said: "I absolutely appreciate people's frustration with all of this.

"And I'd refer people to the Prime Minister's words yesterday. And unfortunately, we're just dealing with an enormous amount of uncertainty at the moment.

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"And what the Prime Minister said is that we're reviewing the data day by day, hour by hour, keeping the situation under constant review that can't rule anything out."

Cabinet Office Minister Steve Barclay said ministers were "looking closely at the data" before they decided whether to pull the trigger on a circuit-breaker.

Top Government advisers are expected to present the PM with make-or-break modelling as soon as today to force the PM to take immediate action.

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