Families face having to choose between kids in Covid-19 Christmas decision

Some parents face the heartbreaking decision of choosing which of their children can come home for Christmas.

Under the government's winter coronavirus plan, the restrictions mean that if people have more than two grown-up kids living away from the family home, they cannot all come back for the festive celebrations.

If everyone congregated, it would mean your Christmas bubble had more than three households in total.

The UK government and devolved administrations have agreed to a temporary relaxation of lockdown restrictions between December 23 and December 27, but experts warned this could lead to a third wave of the deadly pandemic.

Social distancing will be relaxed within the bubbled, giving people the chance to hug friends and family for the first time in months.

A government source said: "We realise this isn't going to work for everyone, but we need to avoid the virus spreading again."

People are also being urged to "think carefully", particularly with regards to the elderly and vulnerable.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it is the season "to be jolly careful".

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Both sets of grandparents can stay over during the Christmas period, as long as the three household rule is retained.

Care home residents under 65 can stay with family from one other household – subject to certain conditions – but over 65s cannot leave their care homes.

The news came as it was announced another 608 people had died of Covid-19 yesterday – the highly daily figure since May. It takes the total to 55,838.

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There were also a further 11,299 cases reported yesterday, down by almost half from a week ago.

A member of SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has warned the planned relaxation of restrictions over the festive season could lead to a third wave of coronavirus.

Professor Andrew Hayward, an expert in epidemiology, said: "Effectively what this will be doing is throwing fuel on the Covid fire.

"I think it will definitely lead to increased transmission. It is likely to lead to a third wave of infection, with hospitals being overrun, and more unnecessary deaths."

It has previously been reported that for every day of relaxation of restrictions, we will have to make it up with five days of lockdown.

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