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An NHS doctor is begging Brits not to mix households this Christmas as Covid-19 “won't take the week off”.
Dr Rory Hicks, a medic in Liverpool, has warned families planning to reunite the risks remain high.
There could be a surge in coronavirus cases as a result, he added.
He said he doesn’t welcome the Government’s plan to let three households mingle during the festive season.
Writing for Metro Online, he said NHS staff know families are suffering financially and mentally from strict restrictions.
He said: “Unfortunately, Covid-19 will not take the week off for Christmas and I’m concerned there’ll be a spike in cases if people visit their families during the holidays.”
Dr Hicks warned it will “inevitably” have devastating effects on people’s lives – including NHS staff who are already overworked.
The World Health Organisation has suggested a spike in Covid cases could happen in early 2021 if everyone visits their relatives over Christmas.
Dr Hicks said it means more people will need hospital treatment and many more unnecessary deaths happen.
He warned a third wave would mean the NHS will struggle more than ever to cope.
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The infectious disease registrar added: “While we all want to be with our loved ones this Christmas, I would urge people not to travel long distances to see relatives and to be mindful to limit the number of people they see this year to a minimum.
“How would you feel if a loved one contracted coronavirus and became seriously unwell as a result of your family gathering?”
Christmas bubble plan will 'lead to more deaths and third wave,' warns expert
Under the Government’s plans, three households can form a bubble across the UK between December 23 and 27.
This means they can mix indoors in private homes and stay overnight, while travel restrictions will also be relaxed.
But scientists have warned it could cause a third wave and overwhelm the NHS.
Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said: “Effectively what this will be doing is throwing fuel on the Covid fire.
“It is likely to lead to a third wave of infection, with hospitals being overrun, and more unnecessary deaths.”
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