High UK well being official cautions towards festive season social occasions | Coronavirus

Christmas parties and other social events over the Christmas season should not take place unless they are necessary to slow the spread of the new variant of Covid, one of the UK’s senior health officials has suggested.

Jenny Harries, the executive director of the UK Health Authority, urged everyone in the UK to reduce their social contacts – if only marginally – as fears mount up that existing vaccines against Omicron will prove less effective than other variants.

“Of course we tend to socialize more in winter – and especially around Christmas – so I think all of that needs to be taken into account,” Harries told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.