Liverpool’s Metropolitan Christ the King Cathedral, 10March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The Guardian reports the UK prime minister did what a leaders should do: React quickly and correctly to changing health conditions.

Yet faced with a new, rapidly spreading mutated strain of the coronavirus and a buckling NHS, Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that Christmas was cancelled for 17.7 million people in London and the south of England.

After a week which saw hospital after hospital cut routine operations, with some only able to accept patients with life-threatening conditions, the prime minister said he had “no alternative” but to act against a mutation that was “up to 70% more transmissible” than earlier versions.

“Given the early evidence we have on this new variant of the virus and the potential risk it poses, it is with a very heavy heart I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said.