Covid: PM leads briefing as millions in England face tough curbs –

Ben Glaze of the Daily Mirror asks if it is a good idea for people to be travelling across the country to hug and kiss elderly relatives.

The PM says it has been an “incredibly difficult decision” as ministers have to balance people’s strong desire to celebrate a family holiday – adding “which frankly they’re going do do anyway” – and keeping the virus under control.

He urges everyone to be “commonsensical” and “do the right thing”.

“Until the vaccine comes on stream, we are not out of the woods yet and we have to be very, very vigilant,” he adds.

Prof Whitty says he would want people to see family, but adds: “Would I encourage someone to hug and kiss elderly relatives? No, I would not.”

He adds while it is not against the law, it does not make sense as you could be carrying the virus. “The fact you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.”

Speaking of his own plans for Christmas, he says he will spend it on hospital wards.

Sir Patrick Vallance says the key thing is to follow the basic rules of keeping distance where you can, keeping areas well-ventilated and so on.

It will not be a normal Christmas and “hugging elderly relatives is not something to do,” he adds.

They want to survive to be hugged again, adds Whitty.

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