NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Booster jab proof to be shown on NHS app to allow for easier travel AND early Christmas shoppers help to boost non-food retail sales
Here are your headlines for across England and Wales including booster jab proof on the NHS app, shoppers give a boost to non-food retail sales and a giant fossil set to fetch thousands at auction.
Millions of people who have had a booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine are now able to prove this via the NHS app. The move will allow travellers to places like Israel, Croatia and Austria, where there is a time limit for a vaccine to be valid to skip quarantine. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the move aims to make it easier to travel abroad.
It comes as Boris Johnson urged people to take up their booster jabs to ensure continued economic growth after the hit caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He told business leaders at the CBI conference in South Shields: “Get you booster as soon as you can because it is by vaccinating our country that we have been able to get your staff back to their place of work, to open our theatres, our restaurants and get back for longer now than any comparator country, to something like normal life.”
He added that “we are still bumping elbows and wearing masks”, and “I’m not going to pretend that everything is going to be plain sailing”.
“We can see the state of the pandemic abroad, the supply chain issues that we are facing, the pressure on energy prices that we are all facing and the skills shortages,” he said.
However, while unemployment had previously been forecast to hit 12%, the “bouncebackability” of British business had meant “the fastest economic growth in the G7” instead, he said.
Shoppers have started Christmas shopping early as sales at clothes stores came within touching distance of pre-pandemic levels but online sales fell, according to official statistics. Officials said non-food stores were the only main retail sector to see a rise in sales volumes in the last month, with second-hand stores, toy stores, sports equipment stores and clothes stores all up.
A ferocious twenty-foot-long sea predator that terrorised the seas up to one hundred million years ago is expected to fetch up to one hundred and twenty thousand pounds at auction. The skeleton of a Tylosaur is set to go under the hammer later this month.
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