Brits urged to MEET OUTDOORS over Christmas & limit socialising, warns Chris Whitty

BRITS were tonight urged by the nation's top doctor to cut down their socialising and meet outdoors if they can to stop the omicron spread.

Chris Whitty told the nation that it would be "sensible" for them be "prioritising social interactions that really matter to them" – urging them to ditch meetings to save Christmas gatherings.

At a gloomy press conference he said it was going to be more and more important as the nation get towards Christmas that "people take more precautions".

He urged people to do the things that we know help stop the spread such as "really good ventilation, meeting outdoors… and following sensible rules."

He added: "Don't mix with people with people you don't have to for either work or family things, for things that really matter to you."

Professor Whitty and Boris admitted their own Christmas plans were likely to be "interrupted" this year.

The PM warned: "I think the way things are looking I expect a lot of us are going to be working throughout the period."

His own plans would be "pretty modest at this stage".

Boris insisted that "we're not cancelling people's parties" – instead urging that Brits should make up their own minds about what to go to.

The PM told the press conference: "We're not closing hospitality. We're not cancelling people's parties or their ability to mix.

"What we are saying is – think carefully before you go, what kind of an event is it?

"Are you likely to meet people who are vulnerable? Are you going to meet loads of people you you haven't met before?"

He urged anyone going out to get a test, ensure there is ventilation, and wear a mask.

At a very down-beat press conference this evening:

  • Whitty warned that many more Covid records would be broken in the weeks to come – after Britain recorded the most cases ever today with 78,000 positive tests
  • He and Boris urged the nation to cut down their socialising to save Christmas – and only prioritise what they really want to do
  • The PM backed No10 staff who he said worked "blindingly hard" during the pandemic – after pictures emerged of staff parties last year
  • And he urged everyone to follow the rules and do their bit to help control the virus
  • He stressed the best thing anyone can do is get their booster as soon as possible

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It came just two weeks after No10 refused to back Jenny Harries for saying friends and family shouldn't meet up "when we don't particularly need to" to slash the spread of omicron.

Her remarks prompted a firm slap-down from Downing St which said: "She gives advice to the government, she is not the government."

The chaotic and confusing advice went far beyond Government guidance at the time.

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