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XMAS GUIDELINES TO INCREASE INFECTION RATE

27.11.2020
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The relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas will increase infections "potentially by a large amount", the government's scientific advisers have warned.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said the prevalence of COVID-19 "could easily double" over the festive period with "substantial mixing" of people.

The warning comes in a document called "notes on festive period", which was written more than a week ago but published for the first time on Friday.

"Any relaxation over (the) festive period will result in increased transmission and increased prevalence, potentially by a large amount," the paper says.

"A parallel can be drawn, albeit on a different scale, between the return of students in autumn and people from different households mixing intensively over Christmas."

SAGE says that "substantial mixing of people over a short period of time, especially those who do not make contact regularly during a month represents a significant risk for wide-spread transmission".