Dr Hilary Jones has finally delivered some positive Covid news on today’s Good Morning Britain after what’s felt like a lifetime of waiting.
The television doctor joined presenters Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid where he shared he felt ‘encouraged’ by the news that the number of daily coronavirus infections has continued to fall.
Sunday marked the fifth consecutive day they have dropped, but experts have urged caution before more data becomes available on how ‘Freedom Day’ has affected cases.
‘Five consecutive days, that is really encouraging but I would just like to add we’re not sure how many tests have been done,’ Dr Hilary said.
‘Case numbers falling is good, provided the case numbers that people have been tested remain the same, but it’s very encouraging.
‘It shows the vaccine programme is working. Hospitalisations and deaths however are on the rise, they always lag behind case numbers, but we’re 30,000 a day now down from 50,000 a day when restrictions were eased.’
Dr Hilary Jones is ‘encouraged’ to hear that the rate of Covid cases is falling (Picture: Rex)
‘I think the next week or two will be critical to see what actually happens.’
Dr Hilary went onto say that there are still a large number cases among younger people and this is due to those who are unvaccinated.
‘It is imperative that they come forward and get not just their second jab, but thei first jab too,’ he added.
Last week, Dr Hilary shared his concerns over restrictions lifting on Freedom Day.
After more than a year-and-a-half of lockdowns and social distancing rules, almost all remaining measures have been lifted in England.
This means nightclubs are open, people will no longer have to put a six-person cap on dinner bookings, and many will begin to return to the workplace.
Sharing his worries with Ranvir Singh on Lorraine, Dr Hilary said: ‘It is a big experiment and there is a body of scientists around the world joining signatories in a paper saying that this is a murderous exercise, they’re using that word, and they’re saying that it is a mistake.’
Dr Hilary further expanded on his concerns, which revolves around the increase in Covid cases.
He stated that ‘not only will thousands of people will get Covid symptoms’ but a third of them will end up having long Covid.
‘There will be an increase in hospitalisations. This is something we need to be concerned about,’ he said.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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