‘Nowhere to be seen’ Boris Johnson accused of hiding amid possibility of New Year curbs

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Lib Dem health spokeswoman Daisy Cooper lambasted the PM’s decision to lead the crucial press conference.

She said: “It comes as no surprise this Prime Minister is in hiding when the country is calling out for strong leadership.

“Once again, whilst our NHS is left to hope for the best but prepare for the worst, the PM is nowhere to be seen.”

Although New Year celebrations can go ahead in England, Mr Javid urged people to be cautious and said further restrictions could be introduced in January.

Medics continue to warn that the NHS could be overwhelmed by rising cases and increasing staff absences.

England is now an outlier, keeping night clubs open over the new year period compared to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is despite another 98,515 covid cases being recorded on Boxing Day.

Writing on Twitter the Prime Minister emphasised the need for people to get their booster vaccines. 

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At the same time hospital admissions for people with or suspected Omicron reached 407.

Nationally there were 320,000 new covid infections reported over the last three days.

143 deaths were reported with England hitting a record 113, 628 cases on Christmas Day and another 103,558 on Boxing Day

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