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UK "more or less free" of Coronavirus crisis by Christmas SAGE expert says

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The UK should be "more or less free" of the coronavirus crisis by the end of the year, a leading epidemiologist has predicted.

Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said some measures would remain "probably forever".

But he told ITV's Peston: "I think we will be more or less free of this by the end of this year... say Christmas." His comments came as he warned against relaxing lockdown restrictions too quickly, and said there was a need to be "very cautious" about foreign travel. "I think we do have to keep our borders pretty tight at the moment - nobody likes this," he said. "But we've identified these significant new variants that are out there and we need to be able to

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