Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist of the ZOE study has expressed his concerns as as cases are rising but there is a spike amongst younger children.
Latest data from the ZOE study shows there has been 76,728 new symptomatic cases across the UK which is an increase of 18% from 65,059 new daily cases last week.
Professor Spector has raised his concerns of greater transmission this Christmas and is urging all eligible adults to get their booster jabs.
Professor Spector said, “Seeing cases on the rise again is really disheartening and the recent ups and downs, unlike previous waves, is making it hard to predict where things will be from week-to-week.
“However, for me, the message is that cases are still far too high.
“Although we appear, for now, to be faring better than some European countries in terms of case numbers, the UK continues to have relatively high hospital admissions and deaths, which is a real cause for concern.
“Given the current overloading of our hospitals, now isn’t the time to portray the UK as a Covid success story, far from it.
“While the rise in new cases is being driven by children, focusing on them in the short-term would be a mistake.
“While the Government is unlikely to enforce restrictions for Christmas, family gatherings will undoubtedly increase risk, especially for older and more vulnerable family members who haven’t yet had their third vaccine dose. Saving Christmas is up to us.
“Those of us eligible for the third jab should take it now, and we should be mindful that one in four people with cold-like symptoms have COVID-19.
“Consider the risks and keep your family out of hospital over the holidays.”