Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

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    Boris Johnson
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
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Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Sunday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Boris Johnson orders return to face masks and isolation to slow omicron variant

Mandatory face coverings will be reimposed in shops and on public transport, along with compulsory 10-day self-isolation for those who come into contact with positive cases of the new Covid-19 variant, the Prime Minister announced on Saturday night.

As the first two UK cases of omicron were confirmed in Brentwood, Essex, and Nottingham, Boris Johnson warned that "we need to slow down the seeding of this variant" to "buy time" for scientists to establish whether it evades existing Covid-19 vaccines. Read the full story.

2. Government ask to quicken rollout of Covid booster jabs to under-40s in battle against omicron

Boris Johnson would like government scientists to speed up the booster rollout to under-40s in an unusual step to fight the new omicron variant.

The Prime Minister on Saturday said the Government is also asking the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about cutting the time people have to wait between getting their second and third jabs. Read the full story.

3. ‘Woke’ speakers critical of Boris Johnson banned from Whitehall

Civil servants have been banned from inviting “woke” speakers who criticise Boris Johnson’s policies to address internal events in Whitehall, a leaked memo reveals.

An “official-sensitive” email circulated across Whitehall warned that invitations should not be issued to individuals who have “spoken against key government policies”. Read the full story.

4. Smugglers tell family of migrant feared to have drowned in Channel he had reached the UK

People smugglers told the family of a migrant feared to have died in Wednesday’s Channel tragedy that he had reached the UK safely.

The Telegraph has acquired audio footage of a voice message left by the criminal gang hours after the ill-fated boat put to sea, in an apparent attempt to obtain the full fee for the crossing. Read the full story.

5. BBC documentary claims palace ‘senior source’ helped in war against Sussexes

It might have upset the palace, caused soul-searching at the BBC and reignited the worst of the Royal brothers-at-war rumours.

But a controversial BBC documentary about The Princes and the Press has delivered one clear victory for a member of the Royal Family: its name. Read the full story.

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