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WHO urges people to wear face coverings during Christmas gatherings

The World Health Organization warned today of a “further resurgence” of Covid-19 in early 2021, as it urged families to wear face coverings during this year’s Christmas gatherings.

The UN health organisation said in a statement that while some “fragile progress” had been made, “Covid-19 transmission across the European region remains widespread and intense.”

“There is a high risk of further resurgence in the first weeks and months of 2021, and we will need to work together if we are to succeed in preventing it.”

If possible, the WHO said celebrations should be held outdoors and “participants should wear masks and maintain physical distancing.”

For indoor gatherings, the WHO said limiting the number of guests and ensuring good ventilation were key to reducing the risk of infection.

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