No 'normal' UK Christmas, finance minister warns

Sunak described the situation as "frustrating", but said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "looking at ways to see how families can spend time with each other."

England will end a national COVID-19 lockdown on Dec. 2 and move into tougher tiered regional restrictions than before, with more areas facing severe constraints to prevent the virus from reigniting, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said on Saturday (November 21).

A second wave of infections has started to flatten, official data shows, but scientific advisers are expected to warn on Monday (November 23) that previous regional restrictions did not go far enough and harder measures are needed to prevent another national lockdown.