Christmas may be difficult as COVID not over, England’s deputy medical officer says

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By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) -Christmas may be difficult as the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, England’s deputy chief medical officer warned on Wednesday, urging people to behave with caution and come forward for booster shots. Britain reported 293 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily figure since March, and there have been an average of around 40,000 new cases each day in recent weeks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted restrictions in England in July, and has said he plans to cope with COVID over the winter by relying on vaccinations rather than mandating masks or lockdo…

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