UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson gives news briefing on tougher England Covid rules post lockdown

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7.17pm GMT

Johnson said at last “an end goal” is in sight, despite the tough weeks ahead.

At last, if the promise of the vaccines is fulfilled, we do have a something to work for, a timescale which businesses can begin tentatively to plan around.

7.13pm GMT

The prime minister said the government will utilise “tiering, testing and the rolling out of vaccines” to protect the population over Christmas and into the new year, but again stressed the importance of caution over the festive period.

This is not the moment to let the virus rip for the sake of Christmas parties.

It is the season to be jolly but it’s also the season to be jolly careful, especially with elderly relatives.

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