DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Covid – Reasons to be cheerful at Christmas 

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It is the burning question on everybody’s lips: Just how serious is the Omicron variant of Covid?

Across the country, people are terrified that it will prove more infectious and deadly than previous strains, and – even worse – blunt the vaccines.

That the spectre of another bleak winter of spiralling hospitalisations and deaths is just around the corner.

That we are on the conveyor belt to lockdown and the nightmare of a second Christmas spent away from our loved ones.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Covid – Reasons to be cheerful at Christmas 

By sending out mixed messages about Omicron variant, ministers could wreck the economy. Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s (pictured) suggestion we take Covid tests before festive parties risks crippling hospitality through cancellations

After the misery of the last two years, it is inevitable – but natural – that the public feels trepidation. 

But while there is much scientists don’t know about Omicron, there are reasons for optimism.

Health experts say most patients have experienced either no symptoms or very mild ones and, promisingly, that there is no evidence it renders jabs ineffective.

So while this paper supports the current, light-touch restrictions – temporarily – ministers must have concrete proof Britain faces catastrophe before reapplying the manacles. 

For each curb on our liberty has devastating consequences.

Rocketing hospital waiting lists for life-or-death treatment. Excess deaths at home because people haven’t sought treatment for killer conditions such as cancer.

Health experts say most patients have experienced either no symptoms or very mild ones with the Omicron variant. Pictured: Map of Omicron cases in the UK

Health experts say most patients have experienced either no symptoms or very mild ones with the Omicron variant. Pictured: Map of Omicron cases in the UK

Health experts say most patients have experienced either no symptoms or very mild ones with the Omicron variant. Pictured: Map of Omicron cases in the UK

With GPs suspending their usual caseloads to deliver boosters (at £15 of taxpayers’ money a time), these will only get worse.

Meanwhile, by sending out mixed messages instead of clear guidance, killjoy ministers could wreck the economy. 

Two examples: Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s suggestion we take Covid tests before festive parties risks crippling hospitality through cancellations at its busiest time. 

And Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey warns against kissing under the mistletoe!

Despite being epically wrong time after time, Sage scientists are clamouring for harsher restrictions on our freedom.

Ministers must resist. Pressing the nuclear button at the first sign of a new variant would spell disaster.

A DEGREE OF DISGRACE 

From the start of the pandemic, thousands of students across Britain have had miserable university experiences.

They have forked out a fortune in fees and rent, and suffered many privations, for a second-rate educational experience. 

So it is disgraceful that their classes are again being disrupted because of a strike by hard-Left lecturers.

Amid Covid, thousands of students have had miserable experiences and now their classes are being disrupted due to a strike. Pictured: Lecturers on picket lines at King's College London

Amid Covid, thousands of students have had miserable experiences and now their classes are being disrupted due to a strike. Pictured: Lecturers on picket lines at King's College London

Amid Covid, thousands of students have had miserable experiences and now their classes are being disrupted due to a strike. Pictured: Lecturers on picket lines at King’s College London

These public sector ideologues demand better pay and pensions. Yet the generous retirement packages they are entitled to would make King Midas blush.

Scandalously, militants are bullying students to boycott campuses in solidarity. Yet that harms coursework which can be life-defining: Opening the door to a dream job… or cruelly slamming it shut.

It is inexcusable that students have become collateral damage in the union dinosaurs’ doctrinaire struggle.

WEAPONISING MISERY  

To deter the migrants massing in Belarus from breaching the EU’s eastern border, Brussels plans to rip up its asylum laws.

The nations bearing the brunt of this human tide could lock up would-be refugees while assessing their claims. Those refusing to seek sanctuary in such safe countries should ‘go home’, say Eurocrats.

These ideas are entirely sensible (and ones Britain should emulate). But they are full of sickening irony.

For on the bloc’s western boundary, France – another perfectly safe haven – is turning a blind eye to smuggled migrants who risk their lives crossing the Channel.

Both Belarus’s repressive regime and Emmanuel Macron are weaponising refugee misery. How shameful the EU denounces the former – and ignores the latter.

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