A SCOTTISH Tory MP has hailed Boris Johnson’s “sensible” decision to resist calls for strict Covid rules in England as he criticised Nicola Sturgeon's tougher approach in Scotland.

Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of Europe have introduced new measures to help combat the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

But Johnson, who was brieifed on the latest Omicron data on Monday, has rejected demands for new restrictions in England.

Tory Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that no fresh coronavirus measures would be introduced before New Year, with the English public instead urged to remain “cautious”.

In Scotland, nightclubs have been shuttered while hospitality businesses have been ordered to offer table service if serving alcohol. People are also being urged to limit their social contacts.

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Responding to the announcement in England, Andew Bowie tweeted: “Relying on personal responsibility and people taking sensible steps eg testing instead of imposing new restrictions. A sensible step by the UK Govt for England.

“In Scotland, not the same story. Nightclubs are closed, mass gatherings banned & no more than 3 households to meet up.”

He added: “Please follow the rules for wherever in the UK you are.”

The Scottish Government says its measures are proportionate, with the First Minister set to update Parliament on Wednesday about a rapid rise in cases.

It comes after Sturgeon warned that provisional data suggests Scotland has recorded its three highest ever daily case totals over the Christmas period – 8252 on Christmas Day, 11,030 on Boxing Day and 10,562 on Monday.

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Commenting on the restrictions which were introduced on Monday, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “These temporary restrictions are targeted at reducing the spread of Omicron while the accelerated vaccination programme takes effect.

“I understand how difficult this has been for businesses in recent weeks but we must reduce our contacts and limit the spread of the virus. We’re providing £375 million in business support, which is a significant investment, to support those who have experienced cancellations and help them get back on their feet in the new year.

“The best way to support business sustainably, is to get the virus back under control. Please get your boosters and stay at home as much as possible just now.”

England will remain under the UK Government’s Plan B framework until at least January 1, with guidance to work from home, mask wearing in shops and other public settings, and Covid passes to gain entry to large events.