Dr Hilary Jones has warned removing all Covid restrictions would be a big mistake as the pandemic still rages on with the United Kingdom’s R rate still above 1.0.
Covid cases are finally starting to plummet across the country, suggesting the UK is past the worst of the Omicron wave.
It’s now thought Covid restrictions – including mask wearing and Covid passes – could be lifted completely as soon as the end of the month.
While many will celebrate the prospect of leaving the current limitations introduced as part of the government’s Plan B behind, Dr Hilary isn’t convinced.
Appearing on today’s Lorraine, Dr Hilary told the presenter: ‘To abandon them all would be a mistake when the R rate actually higher than 1.0, the pandemic is growing albeit slowing down.’
‘To abandon Covid passes would be a mistake at mass events, that would be a super spreader event still,’ he stressed.
‘It needs to be done cautiously using the data we have.’
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting suggested Boris Johnson is keen to plough on with lifting Covid restrictions to distract from the relentless backlash to parties being thrown under his watch in Downing Street.
Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘I think the sooner we can lift the final restrictions, the better. I think that’s what the whole country want.
‘So, if it’s the right thing to lift those restrictions, we will vote to lift those restrictions. But we’ll be led by the science as we always have been, not by the politics of propping up a broken Prime Minister.’
During Prime Minister Questions last week, the PM admitted to attending a gathering where Tory staff were encouraged to being their own booze on May 20, 2020 during the height of the pandemic, but insisted he was under the impression it was a legal work event, confused by the very rules he set.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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