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COVID-19: SAGE scientist warns Christmas freedoms will come at a cost

SAGE scientist Calum Semple says the idea that every day of relaxed rules over Christmas means five more days of restrictions is “right”.

In a wide-ranging interview, he told Sophy Ridge “prolonged personal interactions” would drive the R number up.

Prof Semple said construction workers and women working in hospitality seemed to be most a risk of catching COVID-19 at the moment.

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