Dr Hilary Jones has warned that reuniting with household for Christmas amid the coronavirus pandemic shall be a ‘recipe for catastrophe’.
The tv physician joined immediately’s Good Morning Britain the place he mentioned stories that households could also be allowed to get collectively for as much as 5 days over the festive interval.
‘It’s a recipe for catastrophe, I’m afraid,’ Dr Hilary informed presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
‘Simply take a look at the figures we’re seeing now, 120,000 instances a day, 600 deaths recorded yesterday albeit after a lag from the weekend. However the numbers are going up.
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‘Acceleration is slowing nevertheless it’s nonetheless an acceleration of numbers.’
Dr Hilary continued: ‘If we come out of lockdown with no technique to regulate an infection charges, then Christmas goes to be a catastrophe and we’re going to reap the outcomes of that in February and March.’
Dr Hilary Jones warned in opposition to households reuniting this Christmas (Image: ITV)
‘By which period, we gained’t have enough vaccine rolled out to help the inhabitants and we’ll be again to sq. one.’
Piers responded: ‘The vaccine cavalry is coming, we’re speaking six months earlier than we begin actually rolling out mass vaccines, that’s not that lengthy away.
‘If we within the meantime, simply ignore the principles, if we get relaxed about every part, so many individuals will die unnecessarily.’
Final week, a scientist behind a brand new coronavirus vaccine stated to be 90% efficient has stated the UK could receive jabs by the middle of December.
Professor Ugur Sahin, co-founder of agency BioNTech, stated the vaccine might be rolled out subsequent month, relying on whether or not the UK regulator licences it in time.
He additionally acknowledged that this might assist the UK ‘return to regular life by the center of subsequent yr’.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.