Dr Hilary Jones warns 'it would be wrong' to think lockdown is nearly over

Dr Hilary Jones has warned Good Morning Britain viewers that it’s ‘completely wrong’ to think the coronavirus lockdown is nearly over.

The hero television doctor, who’s been at the forefront of Covid-19 coverage since the pandemic hit, commented on reports that quarantine could soon be eased and explained that lifting it too early could cause a second wave.

Speaking to presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Dr Hilary began: ‘This virus behaves in ways we don’t fully understand at all. We can’t even think about end of lockdown yet.

‘If we allow a second peak it’s going to cause a lot more deaths. Yes, we need to end lockdown… but with the right people at the right time.

‘To let people think this is nearly over is completely wrong.’

He continued: ‘We will have to observe what happens. We have to take precautions accordingly. I know people will become bored at home but this pandemic is completely unprecedented and it’s behaving in ways we really don’t understand.’

Piers commented later on in the show: ‘If you talk to anyone on the NHS frontline, they are aghast at the lockdown opening up.

‘I feel like we’re in a very strange place when the government rules are being ignored by the public.’

Boris Johnson first announced lockdown at the end of March and it was later extended with a review due to place on 7 May.

On Sunday, the Department of Health announced that a further 413 people have died in UK hospitals after contracting coronavirus, taking the death toll to at least 20,732.

The jump in deaths was the lowest daily increase for nearly four weeks, when 381 deaths were confirmed on 31 March.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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