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Boris Johnson snubs Nicola Sturgeon as she accuses him of ‘sleepwalking’ into Omicron crisis

Boris Johnson tonight snubbed a plea from Nicola Sturgeon for direct talks as she accused him of ‘sleepwalking’ into an Omicron crisis.

Downing Street mentioned there aren’t any plans for a name with the SNP chief regardless of her ‘pressing’ demand to talk to him.   

The response got here after Ms Sturgeon insisted the UK Government should present more money to help the robust steerage on socialising at Christmas she issued earlier this week.

In a touch that furlough and grants for companies ought to return, she advised Holyrood that the size of funding ought to be the identical as earlier within the pandemic.

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Mr Johnson has dismissed claims that he’s imposing ‘lockdown by stealth’ in England, with stricken bars and eating places complaining that prospects have deserted them after grim warnings at a Downing Street press convention final evening. 

He careworn {that a} package deal of help remains to be in place, however the authorities’s most important focus is on holding institutions open as a lot as potential.  

Hospitality corporations have been holding talks with Chancellor Rishi Sunak as they push for extra monetary backing.  

Speaking to MSPs, Ms Sturgeon mentioned she had written to Mr Johnson ‘interesting to him to place the mandatory help schemes in place’.

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She mentioned she was ‘profoundly involved by the size and the immediacy of the problem’ that the brand new pressure of the virus poses.

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Downing Street mentioned there aren’t any plans for Boris Johnson (left) to have a name with Nicola Sturgeon (proper) regardless of her ‘pressing’ demand to talk to him

If the number of people testing positive doubles every three days, then there would be 463,704 daily cases on Christmas Eve. That would force the 1.9million people testing positive between now and then into isolation for 10 days, the equivalent of 3 per cent of the population

If the quantity of folks testing constructive doubles each three days, then there could be 463,704 every day instances on Christmas Eve. That would drive the 1.9million folks testing constructive between from time to time into isolation for 10 days, the equal of 3 per cent of the inhabitants 

Omicron is prone to be the dominant pressure of coronavirus in Scotland from tomorrow, she mentioned – with 5,951 new coronavirus instances reported on Wednesday, of which just about half had been prone to be the brand new variant.

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Earlier this week, the First Minister issued steerage for folks to cut back their social interactions, calling for any festive meet-ups to be restricted to a most of three households.

She mentioned at the moment that she was ‘acutely conscious of and deeply involved in regards to the appreciable affect’ this might have on companies.

To assist them cope, she mentioned the ‘scale of monetary help’ that was put in place earlier within the pandemic was wanted as soon as once more.

But Ms Sturgeon advised Holyrood: ‘There are merely no mechanisms obtainable to the devolved administrations to set off the size of finance wanted to help such schemes.

‘We want the UK Government to behave urgently and in the identical means another nations are already doing.’

She mentioned the difficulty wants the ‘pressing engagement’ of each the PM and Mr Sunak.

‘We should not sleepwalk into an emergency that for each well being and enterprise will likely be a lot larger as a consequence of inaction than will probably be if we act firmly and strongly now,’ she mentioned.

‘I’ve due to this fact written to the Prime Minister this morning interesting to him to place the mandatory help schemes in place. Such is the urgency I’ve requested to talk to him immediately later at the moment.’

Ms Sturgeon mentioned: ‘Omicron is doubling each two to 3 days in Scotland. In components of the UK the doubling time is at present lower than two days. Lives once more are in danger right here, livelihoods are in danger, and the NHS is in danger.’

With the virus ‘raging’, she hit out at Mr Sunak for travelling to California on official enterprise.

Ms Sturgeon mentioned: ‘What companies need, and what companies want greater than something proper now, is the Chancellor of the Exchequer at his desk placing the monetary help schemes in place that may cease them going to the wall.’

Asked whether or not Mr Johnson would discuss to Ms Sturgeon, a spokesman for the PM mentioned: ‘I think you are aware that yesterday there was a Cobra meeting that involved the devolved administrations that was led by Michael Gove.

‘That meeting was in place to discuss our ongoing commitment to work together to tackle Covid-19 and an agreement to stay in close touch in the lead up to Christmas.’

Pushed on the prospects of a gathering, the spokesman mentioned: ‘I haven’t received any calls or conferences to replace you on however as I say we proceed to commonly communicate to devolved administrations and we are going to proceed to work with them as now we have performed all through the pandemic.’

The spokesman went on: ‘We understand this is a concerning time for hospitality sector and we are closely monitoring the impact of the virus on the economy.

‘You are aware that there is already significant support in place until spring next year, including business rates relief and VAT reduction for hospitality businesses in England.

‘And as we said this morning the Chancellor and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury have been speaking to businesses in the hospitality sector this afternoon.

LONDON -- Westminster Bridge looks very quiet during the morning rush hour in London today as Britons stay at home

LONDON — Westminster Bridge looks very quiet during the morning rush hour in London today as Britons stay at home

Such huge numbers could partially paralyse the country, causing 'huge disruption from people being off work' and threatening key services including the NHS and police, experts claimed. Graph shows: The number of NHS staff off work with Covid every day over the last two weeks. Dips on December 5 and 12 occurred on Sundays, when fewer staff are working and therefore less absences are expected. Figures are expected to increase in the coming weeks

Such huge numbers could partially paralyse the country, causing ‘huge disruption from people being off work’ and threatening key services including the NHS and police, experts claimed. Graph shows: The number of NHS staff off work with Covid every day over the last two weeks. Dips on December 5 and 12 occurred on Sundays, when fewer staff are working and therefore less absences are expected. Figures are expected to increase in the coming weeks

‘But again, you are aware of the support that is already in place.’

While the Scottish Government is offering £100million to assist companies in sectors such as hospitality, which at the moment are struggling as a result of of the brand new recommendation, the First Minister conceded this was ‘not sufficient’.

She added that is ‘why we’d like the Chancellor and the Prime Minister to do their jobs and to get correct monetary help in place for companies as shortly as is feasible’.

Ms Sturgeon warned MSPs that it ‘appears doubtless that by tomorrow Omicron would be the dominant pressure circulating in Scotland’.

She added that ‘as a result of of its a lot increased transmissibility, this may drive an much more fast enhance in instances’.

‘Omicron is spreading exceptionally quick, a lot quicker than something thus far skilled within the pandemic,’ she mentioned.

‘I’m profoundly involved by the size and the immediacy of the problem it poses.’

Ms Sturgeon added: ‘We should perceive Omicron is at present working quicker than even the quickest rollout of vaccines.’

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