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The president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has warned that there will be a “cost” for allowing household mixing on Christmas Day in Scotland.
“When there is increased mixing we know there is likely to be increased transmission, (Scotland’s) levels have never fallen to the kind of levels that we would have wished, so we are starting from a higher base,” Professor Jackie Taylor said on BBC Breakfast. “In addition, the new variant strain we are seeing does appear to be significantly more transmissible and that does give us great cause for concern, when we add that to the usual winter pressures we are really very anxious for the potential of a further huge surge of cases.”
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has told his ministers to stay ready to implement further coronavirus restrictions, after the number of daily cases hit record highs in recent days.
“The virus recognises no year-end or New Year holidays. I ask each minister to raise the level of their sense of urgency and thoroughly carry out counter measures,” Suga told a meeting of the government’s taskforce on coronavirus on Monday.