“ Charlie Boyle” – Rev. Charlie Boyle, vicar at All Saints Brankscome, is facing disciplinary action and potential dismissal for allegedly not following strict Covid regulation ‘guidance’ at his Dorset church, according to Christian Concern. “ Thomas Frank tells Premier League: Postpone all matches this weekend” – The Brentford manager Thomas Frank has called for the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures to be postponed to allow clubs to deal with coronavirus outbreak, says the Times. “ Hospital visits banned in NSW as state suffers worst day of pandemic” – Hospital visits have been banned in New South Wales after the state recorded its highest ever daily spike in COVID-19 infections, reports the Daily Mail Australia. “ Thousands may go bust amid U.K. Omicron ‘fear campaign’, says pubs boss” – The head of Young’s warns that the hospitality sector faces dire situation and attacks the Government’s mixed messaging, according to the Guardian. “ Madness of Australia’s zero-Covid obsession could yet ruin the Ashes” – Australians have been conditioned not to find it strange that Pat Cummins is in isolation despite not having the virus, reports the Telegraph. “ Have we talked ourselves into an unnecessary crisis? The markets think so” – Omicron is largely just ‘noise’ for investors, who are more worried about inflation and money tightening, according to the Telegraph‘s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. “ Brazil: The flu is back” – Latest report from Swiss Policy Research. “ Tory MPs: Whitty running the show and creating ‘public health socialist state’” – The Chief Medical Officer came under fire from Conservative backbenchers after he urged the public to stay at home, says the Standard. “ Omicron surge likely to make data on Covid deaths very unreliable – here’s why” – Variant could skew hospital and deaths figures to the point that they become largely useless in driving policy, according to the Telegraph‘s Sarah Knapton. “ Genetic ‘X-factor’ may explain Japan’s success in combatting Covid” – The nation with the oldest people in the world has lower serious infections and fatalities – scientists think they know why. “ Boris Johnson’s embrace of the Big Brother state goes well beyond Covid” – The collapse in the Prime Minister’s popularity is partly down to his shift to illiberal conservatism, says Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph. “ On vaccine passports, Britain is about to repeat Italy’s mistakes” – Italy still has a substantial unvaccinated population and infections are now rising. Its draconian vaccine passports have had little effect says Nicholas Farrell. “ Army of retired teachers to stop schools from closing during Covid omicron wave” – Government campaign aims to bring former staff back to the classroom in a bid to keep lessons going in January, reports the Telegraph. “ Wales will close nightclubs, enforce social distancing after Christmas” – A post-Christmas lockdown is coming to Wales, courtesy of the First Minister Mark Drakeford, according to MailOnline. “ Hospitals cancel operations as staff self-isolate” – NHS hospitals have begun cancelling operations and redeploying people as senior health officials warn of growing staff shortages linked to coronavirus, reports the Times. “ North Shropshire by-election result: when is the winner announced?” – Polls have closed in the North Shropshire by-election that was triggered by the resignation of Owen Paterson. Click on the link to find out who won. Matt Le Tissier calls for an investigation into why footballers appear to be suffering an abnormal number of heart problems on GB News.