Scientists have warned that the easing of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas will trigger a spike in infections.
There are recent considerations over plans to permit as much as three households to combine indoors from December 23 to 27 – with fears the nation will “pay the value” within the new yr.
David Nabarro, a World Well being Organisation (WHO) particular envoy engaged on Covid-19, mentioned the value of such a leisure “might nicely be very excessive”.
Urging folks to think twice about their plans, he informed Occasions Radio: “Simply ask your self, is there any manner in which you’ll be able to maybe not have the household get-togethers this yr?
“It is a lot better to not do it when there’s this type of virus about.”
Professor Stephen Reicher, of the College of St Andrews, mentioned: “Proper now we’re heading in the direction of catastrophe.
“Given excessive ranges of an infection throughout the nation and the rising ranges in some areas (comparable to London) it’s inevitable that if all of us do select to satisfy up over Christmas then we pays the value within the new yr.”