- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will not have an "indoor Christmas dinner" with her parents this year to avoid putting them at risk
- Boris Johnson hopes to avoid a Conservative rebellion over the three tier system of restrictions in England by publishing an impact assessment
- A study has found that coronavirus cases in England fell by almost a third in a fortnight after the latest lockdown restrictions began
- Shops in England could stay open longer in the run-up to Christmas in a plan to boost high streets
- US virus expert Anthony Fauci has warned of a "surge upon a surge" in cases after millions of people ignored advice and travelled home for Thanksgiving
- Globally more than 62.7 million people have been infected and 1.46 million have died with Covid, according to Johns Hopkins University
Good morning and welcome to today’s live coverage. Here’s a look at today’s main stories to get started:
- Coronavirus infections have fallen by about a third during England’s national lockdown according to a nationwide study. But cases are falling more slowly than they shot up and are still high, with an estimated one in 100 people infected - double the number in September.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to publish the health, economic and social data behind the new tier system for England later today, as he seeks to persuade MPs to back the plan in tomorrow’s vote.
- Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire is expected to collapse in hours , becoming the UK’s largest retail casualty of the pandemic. The company is likely to enter administration, putting up to 13,000 jobs at risk
- A £20 a week increase in universal credit has kept 700,000 people out of poverty during the Covid-19 crisis, says right-leaning think tank the Legatum Institute as it calls for the raise to be extended beyond March
- Rapid mass testing of students at many universities across the country is beginning today, with the aim of allowing them to travel safely home for the Christmas holidays
- Scotland will give low income families a payment of £100 each to help people struggling in the pandemic to pay bills and heat their homes
- Wales is facing a fourfold increase in unemployment , taking it to levels not seen since the 1990s, research commissioned by the BBC suggests
- And Northern Ireland is preparing to roll out two vaccines in mid-December , the BBC understands, if they are given approval as expected this week. The Pfizer vaccine, which requires more careful storage, is due to be given to healthcare workers and care home residents while the Oxford vaccine is expected to be given to over-80s
Here are the global headlinesHere we’ve summarised the stories that are making headlines around the world.
- As of Monday morning, there have been 62,746,222 Covid-19 infections and 1,459,497 deaths linked to the disease worldwide, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University
- Dr Anthony Fauci, the top American infectious diseases expert, has warned there could be "surge upon surge" of coronavirus cases in the US after millions ignored advice and travelled home for the Thanksgiving holiday
- Eight people have died during prison riots in Sri Lanka , where inmates have been protesting over conditions following a surge of coronavirus infections
- Official figures from China suggest the country’s economy continues to recover relatively quickly, a year after the outbreak began in the city of Wuhan. Manufacturing activity in November grew at its fastest rate for three years
- Organisers of the delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo have estimated a cost of around 100 billion yen ($960m; £720m) for measures to ensure the event is coronavirus-safe
- International students have arrived in Australia for the first time since the country shut its borders to curb coronavirus infections in March. A charter flight carrying 63 students landed in Darwin on Monday
- In France, the country’s top court has ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30.
Sturgeon: I won't have Christmas dinner with my parentsScotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not have an "indoor Christmas dinner" with her parents this year to avoid putting them at risk from coronavirus.
"I've not seen my parents since July and I would dearly love to see them today and at Christmas, but I don't want to put them at risk when a vaccine is so close," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"We might go and have a family walk somewhere, but the idea ...of an indoors Christmas dinner is something we will not do this year."
In Scotland, three households will be allowed to form a bubble and mix inside their homes between 23 and 27 December.
However, Sturgeon said: "The default advice I would give is that if you can manage it over Christmas, not to come together with other households."
For more detail on the rules over Christmas across the UK see our explainer .
Large number of Tory MPs unsettled by Covid restrictions, minister saysEnvironment Secretary George Eustice is asked on BBC Breakfast whether more than 70 Conservative MPs may be about to oppose the introduction of a tougher tier system when it ends.
Eustice says: “We’re facing a large number of our MPs who are unsettled by the measure that have had to be taken. We absolutely understand that anxiety.”
The government must convince MPs and the public that “we’ve got a route through this" with the deployment of vaccines meaning we can “turn the corner by early summer”.
“We shouldn’t stumble at this last hurdle,” he said.
He adds the data showing a fall in coronavirus infections “vindicates” the government’s decision to impose a national lockdown in England.
Eustice says he's not surprised if the Labour Party votes against the three-tier system tomorrow, and adds a national emergency is not a time to “play politics”.
Sunday trading hours could be extended to avoid overcrowding - ministerEustice is also asked about newspaper reports that shops could be allowed to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the run-up to Christmas
He tells the BBC the government is “looking at a range of measures to try to ensure that we don’t get overcrowding” when non-essential shops reopen.
Ministers want to ensure that social distancing can be maintained in stores after England’s national lockdown ends on 2 December, but Eustice says he is “not aware if there is a decision around round-the-clock opening”.
He says there has been “discussion over Sunday trading hours”, however.