Dr Hilary Jones is dumbfounded that there seemed to be a bigger reaction to Geronimo the alpaca being put down than plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions entirely.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce that he will impose no further lockdowns and that the UK must simply learn to live with the virus as the majority of adults have now been fully vaccinated.
However, the developments have shocked Good Morning Britain’s medical expert, Dr Hilary, who thinks it is a potentially detrimental move.
Speaking on the ITV programme on Monday, the doctor said: ‘We’re seeing cases rise so we’re going to see hospitalisations increase. If you have more cases, you’re going to have more hospitalisations, you’re going to see more deaths.
‘The Delta variant is still out there, it’s not changed so the implications of serious infection with Covid-19 are worse with the more number of cases you have, simple as that.’
He added: ‘I am surprised that they are abandoning all restrictions across the board so quickly.’
Dr Hilary then said: ‘Look at the human cry over an alpaca that might have had tuberculosis that was put down, are we saying we’re going to allow people to just run about freely during a pandemic with a potentially lethal virus?
‘I think the restrictions being abandoned this far is a mistake.’
He was referring to Geronimo, the eight-year-old alpaca, who was killed on August 31 after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis twice. It sparked national outrage with more than 140,000 supporters signing a petition insisting the results were false positives.
Mr Johnson is expected to tell MPs and a press conference about his plans to put the vaccine programme at the heart of his new approach for the coming months.
A senior Government source told The Telegraph: ‘This is the new normal. We need to learn to live with Covid.
‘The vaccines are a wall of defence. The autumn and winter do offer some uncertainty, but the Prime Minister is dead set against another lockdown.’
The Government expects the independent Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) to recommend details of a jab booster programme next week.
There are plans in place to begin giving booster jabs to the most vulnerable as early as this month.
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