Gef’s Daily Roundup

What happened in the world today

Border restrictions being reviewed

Ministers are considering changes to the island’s border policy following the rapid spread of the new strain of Covid in the UK. A decision is due to be announced on Tuesday as to whether any changes will be made. Chief Minister HQ was due to lead the meeting starting from 4pm on Monday afternoon.

New Covid case

A new case of Covid has been confirmed in the island via the key worker pathway. Contact tracing identified one close contact who has since tested negative for Covid. Both individuals are self-isolating for 14 days following their test. There are currently three active cases in the island.

A glimpse into Peel’s past

Construction works underway by Manx Utilities have revealed remains of an old stone quayside dating back to at least the 1700s. The works, to replace and install modern water main and sewerage infrastructure, are part of Manx Utilities’ maintenance and upgrading programme, and have seen short lengths of the Promenade and East Quay closed for several weeks at a time whilst deep excavations are undertaken.

Pension payment by Christmas Eve

MiCard payments that were due on Christmas Day but expected to be collected a week early, will now be available at Post Offices on the morning of Christmas Eve. Pensioners in urgent need of support should contact the Pensions team directly on 685176 or 687020. Customers are reminded that most Post Offices close at midday on Christmas Eve. The gov has apologised for the issue which left some pensioners unable to collect their money a week early.

Countries block Brits from travel

More than 40 countries have banned UK arrivals because of concerns over the spread of the new Covid strain. This includes France which has closed its borders to the UK for 48 hours leaving trucks stranded on motorways in the south of England with an ever growing queue at Dover leading to tensions between drivers and officials.

New Lockerbie charge

Some 32 years to the day since Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up by a terrorist bomb over the village of Lockerbie in Scotland, US Attorney General William Barr announced a Libyan man Abu Agila Mohammad Masud has been charged with terrorism related offences. Until now only Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has ever been convicted of the bombing which killed 270 people just days before Christmas 1988.