Monday morning UK news briefing: PM's winter Covid plan

By Danny Boyle
Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

It is being billed as a bonfire of restrictions. Boris Johnson will this week rip up the old system of Covid rules and adopt a new approach for winter

The Prime Minister will make clear he is "dead set" against another national lockdown, arguing that the UK must learn to live with coronavirus now all adults have been offered a vaccine. 

Covid laws that are no longer required will be ditched and plans for vaccine passports for nightclubs and other large crowd venues have been shelved. 

The travel traffic lights system will be scrapped, PCR tests will not be required for fully vaccinated travellers and the red list is expected to be significantly reduced. 

Vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 and autumn boosters for some adults will also be rolled out, pending scientific approval. 

But some restrictions will be kept as options should the virus surge in the months ahead. Read The Telegraph's view on how the UK should follow Denmark and formally declare an end to all measures.

It is well known that lockdowns were a disaster for mental health, but have they also caused havoc to our heart health?

A new book argues that human hearts are poorly equipped to deal with the stresses of modern life, especially during a pandemic. 

Cardiologist Dr Boon Lim tells Luke Mintz how the constant pressure of low-level lockdown stressors could have aggravated our blood pressure - and what we can do to fix it.

No new tax increases in this parliament after backlash

After signs of a grassroots backlash following last week's tax raid, Sajid Javid has insisted that there should be no new tax rises before the next election. The Health Secretary said that cuts to public spending should be considered before any new increase to tax if more money had to be found in the coming years. It comes after the Prime Minister pushed through a manifesto-breaking National Insurance rise despite Cabinet disquiet (use our calculator to see how you will fare). Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith has learnt of a fresh rebel attempt to change the policy.

Emma Raducanu's 14 matches to achieve global fame

It has taken a mere 14 tennis matches for Emma Raducanu to transform herself from complete unknown to global superstar. She will wake up in New York today as the new queen of the tennis court, embarking on a series of US interviews that will further catapult her to fame and fortune. At the age of 18, Raducanu is on course to become the wealthiest female athlete in British sporting history. Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown explains that the poise and composure she showed on the court was just as evident off it. And read how Tim Henman was part of the triumph.

Today's political cartoon

  • View Blower's latest cartoon on Emma Raducanu and the NI tax rise. (Matt is away).

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Labour | Sir Keir Starmer has been ridiculed by his own MPs after it was revealed he is writing a 14,000 word essay for a Westminster think tank that would put an end to the party's "navel-gazing". The Labour leader has reportedly written the treatise for the Fabian Society in an attempt to reshape his own leadership ahead of the party's conference this month.

Around the world: Women paraded in hooded veils

The Taliban have paraded women in black robes with hoods that cover their faces and appear to block their vision, a radical dress code that has prompted renewed warnings about their plans for female education. Senior Foreign Correspondent Roland Oliphant reports that several dozen women wearing black robes, some with hoods over their faces and gloves covering their hands, were gathered in a lecture theatre to hear female speakers decry the West at Kabul University.

Afghan students were summoned to a lecture by female speakers - EPA
Afghan students were summoned to a lecture by female speakers - EPA

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Sport briefing: F1 expletive-laden tirade

Lewis Hamilton feels "blessed" and "fortunate to be alive" after another terrifying collision with title rival Max Verstappen. Less than two months after their high-speed crash at Silverstone, Hamilton was thanking his lucky stars at the Italian Grand Prix. Tom Cary reports from Monza how Verstappen launched an expletive-laden tirade over his team radio.

Business briefing: Brexit checks at border

New border checks on European Union goods entering the UK are on course to be delayed for the second time amid concerns they will fuel further disruption for supermarkets and shops before Christmas. Whitehall officials are in talks over postponing the rollout.

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Pea and ham risotto | A classic risotto, but made in the microwave, so much quicker and easier. View the recipe and try our Cookbook newsletter.

Your daily travel inspiration

Ice, ice maybe? | For pure adventure, there is no better holiday option right now than green-listed Iceland. John O'Ceallaigh explains how there are few more exciting countries in the world for British travellers.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

'The human body is a phenomenal piece of engineering' | Dr Richard Shepherd has carried out 23,000 post mortems. His new book is a fascinating journey of mortality. The forensic pathologist tells Jessamy Calkin what he has learnt during his career.

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