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Christmas in jeopardy as UK to face ‘bumpy Covid-19 ride over next few months’
September 8, 2020
Christmas could be in jeopardy as one of Britain's top doctors predicts a "bumpy ride over the next few months".
Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam thinks Brits are "too relaxed" over Covid-19 and the lockdown relaxations enjoyed over the summer mean the country faces an uncertain six months.
A rise in infections mean fresh restrictions could be around the corner, with the Government set to cut the maximum number of people who can legally gather in a house in England.
Professor Van-Tam said: "People have relaxed too much. Now is the time for us to re-engage, and to realise this is a continuing threat to us.
"This is a big change. It's now consistent over two days and it's of great concern at this point.
"We've been able to relax a bit over the summer, the disease levels have been really quite low in the UK through the summer but these latest figures really show us that much as people might like to say 'oh well it's gone away' – this hasn't gone away.
"And if we're not careful, and if we don't take this incredibly seriously at this point, we're going to have a bumpy ride over the next few months."
Professor Van-Tam urged politicians and public health officials to think how coronavirus can be managed through "the next six months" and into the spring.
Almost 6,000 new cases have been reported in the last 48 hours, with 2,988 on Sunday and 2,948 on Monday.
Some places in the UK have been the subject of lockdown lockdowns due to infection spikes, such as Leicester and parts of Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
In July Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped the pandemic would be over "in time for Christmas".