'Christmas will not happen unless we change what we're doing,' warns Dr Hilary
Dr Hilary Jones has warned that Christmas might not happen this year if we don’t change our ways.
Just last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hopeful the festive season will still go ahead if the government manage to increase their coronavirus testing capacity in the UK to 500,000 a day by the end of October.
However, when appearing on Good Morning Britain today, the popular GP told viewers that the public has to take responsibility if they want to celebrate the holiday at the end of 2020.
Referring to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock placing blame on young people for the threat of a second wave, the expert said: ‘When it comes to young people being blamed, I don’t think they should be blamed for the transmission of the virus.
‘But, what they need to know is unless people behave responsibly there is a risk of jobs being lost and money being unavailable.’
He expressed: ‘The things that young people want to buy like their trainers, or their CDs, or their music, or go to venues – they’re not going to be able to do that unless everyone behaves in such a way that limits transmission and gets a handle on this.
‘If you look at what’s happening in France and especially in Spain, we have always been lagging behind what’s happening there – and it’s really worrying.
‘9,000 cases were recorded in France last Friday and many more hospitalisations in Spain. We don’t want to be there. So, if we do our bit and just you know, do what we’re told for a bit actually then I think we will make some progress.’
Dr Hilary then turned his attention to the death rate, which recently saw 30 people die of the virus – an increase from two.
But while the toll remains small, the doctor warned that the stats could rise.
‘They were very small in January, they were very small in February and look what’s happened,’ he said. ‘41,000 people died so far plus, so we don’t want to be there again the virus hasn’t changed.
‘Transmission is increasing, the R rate is going up, there will be an exponential rise so we need to make changes.’
He urged: ‘Everyone wants to have a nice Christmas, but it’s not going to happen unless we change what were doing.’
His words come after Mr Johnson addressed Christmas during a press conference yesterday.
He said: ‘Whether we are going to get things back to normal at all by Christmas, I’m still hopeful, as I’ve said before, that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas.’
Good Morning Britain continues weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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