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Christmas chaos as Wales defies Johnson with new law
The UK will no longer have a unified approach to the easing of COVID rules over Christmas, after the Welsh government confirmed it was banning more than two households from mixing by law. The decision came just hours after Boris Johnson claimed there was “unanimous agreement” among the four UK nations to continue to allow three households to gather for five days over Christmas.
A 'merry little Christmas'
The prime minister held a press conference to confirm the relaxation of social distancing rules across the UK will go ahead despite concerns about the possible impact on efforts to control the virus. Johnson urged caution, saying people should “think hard” before meeting family and friends. He said: “Have yourselves a merry little Christmas – and I’m afraid this year I do mean little."
Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford set out his decision to deviate from the UK approach. He said: “Here in Wales, the position is that only two households should come together to form an exclusive Christmas bubble during the five-day period. The fewer people we mix with in our homes, the less chance we have of catching or spreading the virus.” Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon recommended that those people forming a Christmas bubble should only meet up on one day and not stay overnight “unless it is unavoidable”.
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Coronavirus festive bubble rules explained (Evening Standard)
WHO pleads with Europe to have a quiet Christmas (The Independent)
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