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Top gov scientist confirms plans being drawn up to lift lockdown over Christmas

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Government health advisers are planning for a Christmas where Brits are allowed "some mixing", they revealed during a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday.

National medical director of the NHS Stephen Powis and Public Health England boss Dr Susan Hopkins held a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday November 18 – and discussed the advice they have given to the Government for Christmas.

Asked if some sort of Christmas is possible, Public Health England (PHE) boss Dr Susan Hopkins replied: “I think it is.”

But she did warn that for every day that Brits are allowed to see people over Christmas, two days of restrictions will be needed.

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At the No10 briefing Dr Hopkins added: "Hopefully the Government will make the decision that will allow us to have some mixing."

Angela McLean confirmed scientists have modelled a lifting of rules for Christmas.

She said: “We did send some advice in over the weekend but we genuinely don’t know what decisions have been made.”

Despite the advice that they have issued, both emphasised that the final decision will be made by the Government.

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  • NHS
  • Christmas
  • Coronavirus
  • Lockdown

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