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COVID risk 'extraordinarily high' if lockdown rules ignored - official

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Downing Street, in London, Britain November 26, 2020. Jamie Lorriman/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - The risks for Britons without COVID-19 vaccinations were extraordinarily high if people don’t follow the current lockdown rules, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Tuesday, adding that the risks will not disappear in the spring.

“If people don’t take the ‘stay at home’ seriously, the risk at this point in time, in the middle of winter with this new variant, is extraordinarily high,” Whitty said.

“We shouldn’t kid ourselves ... this just disappears with spring.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout, writing by William James