Covid-19: ‘Too early to say’ what Christmas rules will be says minister

Published:Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 12:10

Covid-19: ‘Too early to say’ what Christmas rules will be says minister

“It’s too early to say” what Covid rules will be in place by Christmas, the environment secretary has said.

George Eustice warned people “may not be able to get together in the larger groups that they normally would”.

Opposition parties have called for coronavirus rules to be the same across all four UK nations this Christmas.

Meanwhile Sage member Sir Mark Walport has said there is “little to feel reassured about”, adding “there are still many people that are vulnerable”.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today programme, the former chief scientific advisor said it’s “certainly not unrealistic” to think there could be 25,000 people in hospital with Covid by the end of next month.

He said that “we are better” at treating coronavirus but that the country is “still relatively early in the second wave” and there is a “significant lag” between getting the infection and potentially dying.