The UK is “braced for one million cases of Omicron” says the Times. It reports this is the context of the return to work-from-home request in England. The curbs could cost the economy £4bn a month, it adds. The paper also reports a “raucous” party was held in the basement of CCHQ last December when London was under tier two curbs banning indoor gatherings. A Conservative spokesman says four staff were disciplined over the “unauthorised social gathering”.
The Times reports Boris Johnson has been warned by cabinet ministers that he is in the “last chance saloon” after Downing Street was forced to apologise to the Queen over new allegations of lockdown parties.