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Matt Hancock hoping to allow Christmas gatherings ‘UK-wide’ despite Covid warnings

Scientists say letting households mix will cause more deaths in January

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The health secretary has said the government hopes to implement “UK-wide” measures to allow people to see some family members from different households over Christmas, as scientists stressed allowing households to mix could lead to more infections and deaths come January.

Describing Christmas as “the most important holiday for people in this country”, Matt Hancock said the government was in talks with leaders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to agree a united front that would allow festive cross-border travel within the UK.

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