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Parents of three children living away from home face having to choose which can come back for Christmas as part of No10's winter coronavirus plan.

Boris Johnson has been warned by experts the planned UK-wide relaxation of restrictions could lead to a third wave of the pandemic.

The UK Government and devolved administrations have agreed a temporary easing of measures which will allow three households to mix in a bubble from December 23 to 27.

Social distancing will be relaxed within the bubbles, giving people the chance to hug friends and family for the first time in months.

The restrictions mean if you have more than two grown-up children living away from home, they can't all come to meet you.

Experts have warned the easing of restrictions could lead to a third wave
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If they did, it would mean your Christmas bubble had more than three households in total.

However, any university students that are returning to their parents' home prior to the five-day easing of restrictions will be included as part of that initial household bubble.

Similarly, if one of the kids is already in the parents' support bubble it's okay too.

Boris Johnson has warned Brits to remain cautious

A Government source told the Daily Telegraph: "We realise this isn’t going to work for everyone but we need to avoid the virus spreading again."

And while those within the three household mix are allowed to hug, ministers are urging people to "think carefully", particularly in regards to the elderly and vulnerable.

Both sets of grandparents can stay over during the Christmas period, as long as the three household rule is retained.

Meanwhile, care home residents under 65 can stay with family from one other household – subject to certain conditions – but over 65s can't leave their care homes.

It comes as the latest figures show the virus has claimed the lives of another 608 people in the UK – the highest since May – taking the total to 55,838.

There were also a further 11,299 cases reported yesterday, down by almost half from a week ago.

A total of 1,538,794 have now tested positive in the UK since the pandemic began.

A member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has warned the planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic.

Professor Andrew Hayward told BBC2's Newsnight: "Effectively what this will be doing is throwing fuel on the Covid fire. I think it will definitely lead to increased transmission. It is likely to lead to a third wave of infection, with hospitals being overrun, and more unnecessary deaths.

"We are still in a country where we have got high levels of infection with Covid, particularly in young people. Bringing them together for hours, let alone days, with elderly relatives, I think, is a recipe for regret for many families.

"With the vaccine on the way, if we are not very careful over Christmas we are really in danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on this one."

It comes as the British Medical Association (BMA) also warned easing of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas will "almost certainly" lead to a rise in the infection rate.