- DAILY MAIL - Dec 12, 2020 -
Britons rushed to non-essential shops up and down country this weekend, including London's Oxford Street
Their shopping is expected to bring a much-needed £1.7billion boost to hard-hit businesses in Britain
Scientists warned families to 'rethink' gatherings that could 'risk infecting vulnerable and elderly people'
Families are allowed to form a Christmas bubble of no more than three households from December 23 to 27
Scientists warned third wave of infections could be sparked in new year if people simply 'follow the rules'
Scientists urged Britons to 'rethink' Christmas gatherings that are 'not worth the risk' as the country's case-total soars by 21,502 - a 38 per cent rise on last Saturday's figure.
High streets were packed with eager Christmas shoppers today as Covid-weary spenders give Britain's hard-hit businesses a £1.7billion boost.
But top scientists have said families should avoid gatherings that could 'risk infecting the vulnerable and elderly people we love' - amid fears that Covid cases could spiral out of control yet again.