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Allowing Christmas mixing as new Covid variant surged 'was a mistake and will have tragic consequences'

direct to your inboxThe 'mistake' of allowing festive mixing combined with a new coronavirus variant will have tragic consequences, says the director of public health for Rochdale, where cases have doubled since Christmas DayFigures for the week to January 11 show Rochdale's infection rate standing at 410 cases per 100,000 people.

And while that is still lower than the England average, it is rising much faster.There has been widespread speculation the government will be forced to tighten the national lockdown as post-Christmas infection rates continue to soar across the country.But Andrea Fallon, Rochdale’s director of public health, believes the current Covid restrictions are tough enough to bring the virus under control - if people stick.

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