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Dec 7: Pre-departure Covid tests come into force; Tesco confident about Christmas despite strike action; Renault names new SUV

  • Here are the headlines on Tuesday, December 7

Time 6:55 am, December 7, 2021

New rules for travellers aim to slow down transmission of Omicron

New rules designed to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus will see travellers having to take a pre-departure test before travelling to England from Tuesday.

All travellers will be required to take a Covid-19 pre-departure test, amid warnings that the time between infection and infectiousness could be shorter with the new strain.

Health secretary Sajid Javid cautioned the variant was spreading within communities, rather than just being linked to international travel. And the decision on pre-departure tests followed calls from Labour to implement the process.

UK will use ‘all economic and diplomatic tools’ if Putin invades Ukraine

The UK will use ‘all the economic and diplomatic tools at its disposal’ to prevent any invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the prime minister has told other world leaders.

Ahead of a key meeting between US president Joe Biden and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Boris Johnson spoke to Biden and other leaders to agree on a ‘united front’.

In the call – which also included Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel – the leaders ‘reaffirmed their staunch support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity’, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

Tesco confident it can ‘deliver Christmas’ despite industrial action by unions

Unions have warned supermarket giant Tesco that it faces disruption at its stores as workers take industrial action at distribution centres just ahead of Christmas.

But the retailer said it was confident it could keep the shelves fully stocked and ‘fulfil our plans’ despite the action by the Unite and Usdaw unions.

Usdaw said the dispute involves 5,000 members at several warehouses across the country who will take industrial action after rejecting a four per cent annual pay rise.

Trump social media venture unveils forecast of 81m users by 2026

Donald Trump’s new social media company forecasts it may have 81m users by 2026.

The projection was filed with securities regulators by the company trying to bring Trump Media & Technology Group to the stock market.

The company, Digital World Acquisition Corp, said over the weekend that it has lined up one billion US dollars in promised investments for the former president’s new venture from a group of unnamed institutional investors, and it filed a copy of the presentation. The filing also said that the deal has attracted some scrutiny from regulators.

Businesses, unions and green groups call for action on Glasgow climate pact

A coalition of businesses, trade unions and environmentalists have urged the government to strengthen climate action in the wake of Cop26.

Leaders from business group the CBI, union organisation the TUC, the UK Corporate Leaders Group, WWF UK, Green Alliance and climate think tank E3G have written to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak calling for them to implement the Glasgow Climate Pact.

The letter calls for place a new cross-governmental initiative on how to implement policies more quickly and bring in new moves to accelerate action.

Business rates relief should be extended in Scottish budget, says CBI

Extending business rates relief and avoiding further income tax divergence from the rest of the UK are among the key demands from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) ahead of this week’s Scottish budget.

Tracy Black, director of CBI Scotland, has written to Finance Secretary Kate Forbes proposing a series of policies to aid business investment during the recovery from the pandemic.

This includes continuing the discounts on business rates into the next financial year, as well as altering the rates system to incentivise green investments. A faster rollout of electric vehicle charging points and a smart ticketing system across public transport were also recommended.

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Renault names new Austral as Kadjar replacement

Renault has revealed the name of its new replacement for the Kadjar – Austral.

Set to be fully unveiled in the spring, the Austral will measure in at 4.51 metres and be able to carry up to five passengers. It will sit alongside the Megane E-Tech Electric and Arkana in Renault’s range of C-segment cars. It’s a portion of the market which Renault aims to have a big impact in, too, having showcased its ambition in its Renaulution plan from January.

Sylvia Dos Santos, model-naming strategy manager within the Renault Global Marketing Department, said: ‘Austral conjures up the vibrancy and heat of the southern hemisphere and extends an invitation to explore, which makes it an ideal fit for an SUV.’

More than 13,000 NHS operations cancelled in last two months

More than 13,000 planned operations have been cancelled in the NHS in the last two months, data suggests.

The Royal College of Surgeons said the figures, collected by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), are ‘alarming’ and mean thousands of patients being left in limbo and in pain.

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According to the figures, which have been collected by the RCEM for the first time, some 6,726 elective care operations were cancelled in November, while in October the figure was 6,335. The exact reasons for the operations being cancelled are unclear, though the majority were cancelled by the NHS.

Weather outlook

Storm Barra will arrive today bringing heavy rain and winds that’ll spread north-eastwards, reports BBC Weather.

Tonight, heavy rain will move across Scotland, leaving a clear night in its wake. However, blustery showers will blow in from the southwest.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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