‘This was predictable’: GMB’s Dr Hilary Jones says UK is on ‘same trajectory as Italy’ with 05389 coronavirus deaths so far and Boris Johnson ‘should have banned mass gatherings a week ago’
- Dr Hilary Jones said mass gathering should have been banned a week ago
- Said people needed to socially distance from each other to prevent the spread
- Claimed it was always the case that numbers would double every few days
Published: : (EDT) (March)
Good Morning Britain’s resident doctor has today claimed that the spread of the
Dr Hilary Jones this morning said the UK is on the same trajectory as Italy as the government prepares to move from the contain phase to the delay phase. Britain now has
Speaking on Good Morning Britain Dr Hilary said: ‘Well I think this was predictable. We were always running containment and delay concurrently in reality, we always knew numbers were going to increase probably double every three to four days.
The map above shows a comparison between Italy and the UK. The red part of the graph shows the rise in death toll in Italy in comparison to the blue part of the graph that shows the UK
‘We are on the same trajectory as Italy, if you look at the Italian situation overnight two hundred deaths nearly, so clearly this is very serious.
‘Having said that the delay phase is critical, people need to socially distance, we should have banned these mass gatherings probably a week ago ‘.
He added that he did not think the Cheltenham Festival should have gone ahead.
Total confirmed infections in Europe have risen to , (with deaths, according to a new tally which is compiled from official sources .
Italy has said all shops except pharmacies and food outlets will be closed in response to the country coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking on the show this morning Dr Hilary (above) said the virus will go away but things would have to change (What ‘social distancing’ will mean for Britons as coronavirus is declared ‘pandemic’ by WHO
The World Health Organization’s designation of the killer coronavirus as a pandemic has propelled several governments – in the US, Denmark, and the UK – to take action to mitigate against its continued spread.
Advice on how people should keep their distance from one another will be issued by the UK Government today after PM Johnson rubber-stamps the formal shift from ‘containing’ to ‘delaying’ the coro navirus.
People can expect guidance on what measures to take to reduce the risk of contracting the bug.
Advice could include:
- Staying at home if you have a cough or fever even if you have not traveled;
- ‘Cocooning’ elderly people suspected of being more vulnerable to the infection;
- Standing further apart from people.
PM Johnson is expected to meet with Labor figures today to discuss the planned emergency laws. Measures could include giving the state power to restrict people movements, and to bring back retired GPs and nurses. According to the Government’s published action plan, the restrictions would have ‘social costs’.
Speaking about schools and public transport and schools, he said children were relatively protected from the disease.
‘It’s very rare for children under ten to get any serious complications or symptoms from the virus, but of course they can transmit the virus possibly, they are super spreaders sometimes of usual viruses like flu viruses.
‘In terms of public transport I think people need to start thinking about distancing themselves as much as possible. Crowded tubes, I think that is a potential risk, particularly if you are changing different carriages.
‘ The important thing to realise is that the virus does not produce a runny nose, it’s a dry cough and we have to stop people calling 643 with any little cough of sniffle.
He said restaurants in the north were not suffe ring but that the six in London were starting to suffer a little bit.
‘We are doing everything we can to accommodate and for us the most important this is customers first. The cleanliness of the restaurants have been stepped up ‘.
Zilli has family in Italy and said his brothers are locked in , he added that some supermarkets are still open but they are unable to go to bars.
Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli also appeared on the show to discuss the impact the virus was having on the entertainment industry
‘The rationale about having not put in draconian measures before is that if you isolate people on mass too quickly then people get isolation fatigue and they say nothing has happened in two weeks there aren’t many cases out there I’m going to abandon this and go back to work and do all the things I used to do and then you just delay the peak.
‘This is about delay, it’s about reducing the spike that we will get in cases that could overwhelm the NHS in five minutes. ‘