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Plan for ‘five days of household mixing’ at Christmas

Households could be banned from mixing when lockdown ends under government plans to "save" Christmas. The Prime Minister has repeatedly promised that, after December 2, lockdown will be replaced by a "regional, tiered approach". Government sources say default restrictions are likely to include a ban on mixing with other households until close to December 25. The plans aim to allow a loosening of restrictions for Christmas itself, with scientists suggesting a number of households might be allowed to "bubble" for five days. Ministers intend to announce an "end of lockdown package" next week. We round up what the rules could be at Christmas. And Telegraph readers have their say on whether they would flout prohibitions to see their family.

Meanwhile, Amazon is urging shoppers to buy their presents early in a dramatic U-turn from previous years as even the most advanced online retailers battle against supply chain chaos in the run-up to Christmas. Bosses have warned that even an extra 250,000 warehouse workers might not be enough to avoid disruption as Covid restrictions spark shipping delays and force hundreds of millions of consumers to buy online. Ahead of Black Friday next week, Amazon has already started sales early. Read our guide to the top presents for 2020.

End of the road for petrol and diesel vehicles

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned within a decade – and hybrid cars by 2035 – in the Government’s £12 billion green industrial agenda published today. The UK will also develop its first town heated entirely by hydrogen by 2030 and invest in thousands of jobs in traditional industrial heartlands. Environment Editor Emma Gatten reports that the 10-point plan forms the centrepiece of Boris Johnson’s attempt to "reset" his premiership following the turmoil of Dominic Cummings’s departure. See our choice of the 10 best electric cars on sale. And Matt finds humour in the future of motoring in today’s cartoon.

Nigella’s toast: The best thing since sliced bread?

Thought you knew how to make buttered toast? Think again. Nigella Lawson has revealed her "double-buttering" technique, which may revolutionise your breakfast. The TV cook introduces viewers to "the Platonic ideal of toast" in her latest BBC Two series. Read the "recipe".

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

  • PPE | Britain paid £200m to US firm ‘that had no items’
  • Blunder | One in eight recorded cases put in wrong area
  • Schools | Huge rise in whole classes being sent home
  • Sports | QR codes could allow vaccine recipients into events
  • Fresh air | Open windows for ‘short bursts’ to cut virus risk

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Anti-Semitism | Sir Keir Starmer faces mutiny from his own MPs after Labour was accused of "adding insult to injury" by readmitting Jeremy Corbyn to the party just three weeks after he was suspended in a row over anti-Semitism. It sparked a major new row which threatens to undermine Sir Keir’s pledge to clean up the party. He is now under intense pressure to withhold the whip from Mr Corbyn.  

  • Brexit | Trade deal agreement could be ‘just days away’
  • Devolution | Scottish Tories might split from UK party
  • Warning | Coffee in pregnancy ‘raises risk of stillbirth’
  • ‘Remarkably beautiful’ | New ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ sketch
  • Churchill painting | Still life sells for five times estimate

Around the world: Trump’s troop withdrawals

Donald Trump’s administration announced new US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq to be completed just days before he leaves the White House. Minutes after the announcement, explosions were reported in the Green Zone near the US embassy in Baghdad, though it was unclear if they were related. Overnight, Mr Trump fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the US election.

Donald Trump has spent time on the golf course since his election defeat

Credit: JOSHUA ROBERTS /Reuters

Comment and analysis

  • Allison Pearson | Where is the common sense among chaos?
  • Reader letters | Reality of looking after a Covid patient at home
  • Philip Johnston | Union doomed if PM fails to secure Brexit deal
  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Brexit defeat from the jaws of victory?
  • Bjorn Lomborgo | Electric cars a dreadful way to save the planet

You Are Not Alone: Getting you through lockdown

  • Chess isn’t a game, it’s a war | Meet one of the women on the front line
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama | Review: A sad, passive aggressive memoir
  • Golf, one meal a day and fast walking | Jane Seymour’s secrets to good ageing
  • Business and money briefing

    Social media | Facebook’s efforts to label false posts by Donald Trump have done little to stop the spread of misinformation, according to internal discussion boards. A data scientist said efforts to warn that posts included misleading or false claims had reduced their spread by 8pc.  

    • Moral Money | ‘Am I stingy for not tipping takeaway drivers?’
    • Investment tip | Take a leap of faith and invest in vaccine pioneer
    • Alex cartoon | See our cartoonist’s latest work on world of finance

    Sport briefing

    Heading ban | Sir Geoff Hurst has called for urgent new heading restrictions in professional football and a complete heading ban for young children after the loss of four World Cup winning team-mates with dementia. Read his powerful argument in our interview.  

    • Nadal feels heat | Spaniard outgunned by brilliant Thiem
    • England | Southgate backs players in club v country row
    • Exclusive | Championship clubs bring back five subs rule

    Tonight’s dinner  

    Roast autumn vegetables with warm walnut-miso sauce | A delicious dish for the season by Diana Henry. View the recipe. For more ideas, try our Cookbook newsletter.

    And finally… for this morning’s downtime

    What makes a good Prime Minister? | From Robert Walpole to Theresa May, history has provided plenty of lessons on what Boris Johnson should and should not do as PM. Iain Dale says he must see the big picture – and have complete control of his advisers.