Boris Johnson to urge Brits to self-isolate before 5-day Christmas bubble

Boris Johnson will urge families to isolate before joining their Christmas bubble for celebrations over the festive period.

The Prime Minister is also set to warn against visiting elderly relatives after a new strain of Covid-19 was identified, it has been reported.

Medics and politicians warned allowing people to spend a five-day period at home over Christmas could lead to a steep rise in cases in January.

It's understood the Prime Minister will seek to compromise with isolation for those planning to see loved ones during the break.

A complete cancellation of Christmas rules, which currently allow Brits to meet from December 23 to 27, is unlikely, it has been reported, as No10 are concerned calling Xmas could lead to lower compliance in January.

According to the Telegraph, the Government will issue stronger guidance for the season just days before Christmas.

The Times has also reported a change in guidance, with Johnson expected to discourage people from visiting elderly relatives.

A Government source told the paper: "We've set out the rules. People know what they are. It would be wrong to change them this close to Christmas."

However, they added: "The Prime Minister will want to be clear that minimising the risk to themselves and their loved ones is something they should consider."

Government ministers are instead looking at how best to strengthen Covid messaging, urging people not to travel unless they have to.

One source reportedly told the Times: "Everything was discussed — from status quo to perhaps looking at other options.

"The options we are looking at are a range of things like possibly changing the number of days or possibly changing the number of people who can meet. It’s really a very, very fine balance."

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