2020-11-19 07:41

Covid-19: Family Christmas get-togethers being considered dH3世界播



Ministers are looking at how to relax coronavirus restrictions so families can celebrate Christmas together. dH3世界播


The government's medical adviser on Covid, Susan Hopkins, said they were working on a plan and wanted Christmas to be "as close to normal as possible". dH3世界播

政府的科维德医疗顾问苏珊·霍普金斯(Susan Hopkins)表示,他们正在制定一项计划,希望圣诞节“尽可能接近正常”。dH3世界播

She said tough restrictions might be needed before and after the holiday to allow mixing to take place. dH3世界播


BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle said any rule change would be for a limited time, maybe just a few days. dH3世界播


The prime minister's official spokesman confirmed ministers were "looking at ways to ensure that people can spend time with close family over Christmas at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year". dH3世界播


It comes after the Sun reported that families may be able to mix indoors for five days from Christmas Eve. dH3世界播


All four UK nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - are trying to work out a common approach to Christmas so families spread across the UK can still meet up. dH3世界播


Our correspondent said any final decisions would not be made for a few weeks while health chiefs wait to see whether cases have started to come down during the lockdown in England. dH3世界播


But, he said, the advice was likely to urge families not to hold big gatherings and to travel by car, rather than public transport. dH3世界播


Scientific advice indicates that for every day that measures are relaxed, five days of tighter restrictions would be needed. dH3世界播


The government has recorded another 19,609 Covid cases in the UK and 529 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test. dH3世界播





England is expected to come out of its second national lockdown on 2 December and return to the tier system of localised restrictions, with household mixing banned indoors in the top two tiers. dH3世界播


Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, Dr Hopkins, from Public Health England, suggested restrictions could be needed either side of Christmas if curbs were to be eased over the festive period. dH3世界播


She said two days of tighter restrictions would be required for every one day relaxed - although officials later clarified the advice is actually for five days. dH3世界播


People would need to be "very careful" about the contacts they have in the lead-up to Christmas and would have to be "responsible" and reduce contacts again after the festive period, she added. dH3世界播


She said she knew ministers were "working hard to develop an outline" of what the new tiers would look like after 2 December and what Christmas would look like. dH3世界播


The BBC has been told new tougher regional tiers could see pubs and restaurants closed entirely in areas in the top tier throughout the festive period. dH3世界播


Strict rules on meeting up and social distancing have meant millions of people have been unable to hug, or sometimes even see, close family for many months. dH3世界播


Chris, from Norfolk, said he feared this might be the last Christmas his father, who has advanced cancer, has with his three grandchildren. dH3世界播


"I'm not interested in Christmas as a party or celebration. All I want is one day," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. dH3世界播


Downing Street said Christmas would not be normal but the prime minister would look at the latest data to make decisions and an update would be given next week. dH3世界播


Earlier, Cabinet minister Alok Sharma said it was too early for "conclusions" but he wanted to see his family for Christmas. dH3世界播

早些时候,内阁部长阿洛克·夏尔马(Alok Sharma)表示,现在下结论还为时过早,但他希望圣诞节能见到家人。dH3世界播

Mr Sharma told BBC Breakfast people needed to keep bearing down on the infection and "do our bit". dH3世界播


On Tuesday, Prof Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the first lockdown in March, suggested extending support bubbles to up to four households to allow families to celebrate Christmas together. dH3世界播

周二,尼尔·弗格森(Neil Ferguson)教授建议将支持泡沫扩大到最多四个家庭,让家庭可以一起庆祝圣诞节。弗格森的模型导致了3月份的第一次封锁。dH3世界播

This year, Christmas Eve falls on Thursday and there is a bank holiday on the following Monday, giving most workers at least a four-day break. dH3世界播


Prof Ferguson also warned that reopening pubs and restaurants in the run-up to Christmas would be likely to lead to rising infection levels. dH3世界播


'Respite from the hard slog' dH3世界播





What to do about Christmas is delicately poised. dH3世界播


On the one hand, allowing mixing over the festive period will undoubtedly lead to an increase in infections. dH3世界播


What is more, there are concerns the impact of lockdown will be more limited than hoped. We are yet to see infections rates start falling - although it is still early days - so there will be no final decision on Christmas yet. dH3世界播


But stamping down on the virus is, of course, not the be all and end all. dH3世界播


Providing an opportunity to meet will bring much needed respite from the hard slog of the pandemic. dH3世界播


But there is also a widespread recognition that even if the government bans mixing at Christmas, significant numbers of people may well ignore it. dH3世界播


The fear is that then starts to normalise breaking the restrictions and will make compliance worse over the rest of winter. dH3世界播


The expectation is that there will be some limited relaxation - in the hope that the psychological boost it will give the public and the longer-term goodwill it will engender will outweigh any cost in terms of virus spread. dH3世界播


That much was clear from the Downing Street briefing when government advisers admitted publicly for the first time that it may be on the cards. dH3世界播


But the pay-off for that could be tighter regional restrictions on hospitality in the areas with the highest rates all through the festive period. dH3世界播


There have been calls for a single approach from the devolved administrations in the UK about Christmas - so families who live in different nations can deal with a single set of rules. dH3世界播


Welsh ministers have said it could be weeks before an announcement on Covid rules is made, and warned this year's festive period would "not be like normal". dH3世界播


Ministers in Northern Ireland said they would do all they could to "protect" as much of Christmas as possible. dH3世界播


And Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said new, stricter measures announced on Tuesday were needed, in part, to allow the possibility of people meeting up over Christmas. "We are all desperate for some normality around Christmas and I absolutely include myself in that," Ms Sturgeon said. dH3世界播


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