WHO says 'safest bet' for some families is to forgo Christmas gatherings


A Christmas tree stands in Leadenhall Market amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

GENEVA (Reuters) - The "safest bet" for some families will be not to have family gatherings this Christmas in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for COVID-19, said on Monday.

"In some situations, the difficult decision not to have a family gathering is the safest bet," she told a virtual briefing in Geneva.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge in Geneva and Michael Shields in Zurich; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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