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Public health chiefs are concerned that the five-day relaxation of restrictions at Christmas could lead to a large spike in new cases and another lockdown in January.

If it does then the old ‘wisdom of hindsight’ retort, used by some whenever the government is criticised over its handling of the pandemic, will not hold up.

In this instance, it would be due to their lack of foresight based on past events here and in other countries when restrictions have been eased ­— plus they have been warned.

There has been significant debate by MPs about the actual tier system on which they had a vote, but little on the easing at Christmas, which was not subject to a vote.

With Robert Jenrick being a member of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet, we may never know his personal opinion either over the wisdom of the PM’s relaxation other than urging us to be cautious at Christmas. ­— MARK ILES, Newark, via email.

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