Dr Hilary Jones has once again crushed our hopes of June 21 aka Freedom Day coming to fruition, as he said he believes the government will be forced to extend Covid restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is yet to announce whether all restrictions will ease as planned in the next week amid mounting pressure from some scientists about the rising Covid-19 infections.
Calling for the lockdown rules to remain in place, Dr Hilary said on ITV’s Lorraine: ‘If you look at the data we are currently seeing 7,000 new cases a day, which is 50 per cent up when the stats were up last week.’
Lorraine added: ‘It’s too high.’
Dr Hilary explained that coronavirus cases have been increasing.
‘If you look at the data we are currently seeing 7,000 new cases a day, which is 50 per cent up when the stats were up last week,’ he continued.
Dr Hilary believes the government will extend coronavirus restrictions (Picture: ITV)
‘It could be worse than that, it just depends on the data. We could have 100,000 cases a day by the end of the month if we’re not careful.
‘The Delta variant is there, we only have half the population vaccinated with the second dose.
‘I think he’ll extend the restrictions with some caveats, I think weddings for example might be different, I think he might ease the restrictions on weddings.’
Lorraine shared her hopes that weddings would be able to go ahead, even with a few restrictions
‘I hope [weddings can go ahead], June and July is when a lot of people get married and a lot of people have postponed it, not once but twice,’ she said.
Lorraine hopes restrictions are eased for weddings (Picture: ITV)
The prime minister is expected to announce that England’s final stage of easing restrictions will be pushed back at a press briefing later today.
Boris Johnson will address the nation live from Downing Street at 6pm this evening, No 10 has confirmed.
He will be joined by England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance to set out which restrictions – if any – will be lifted from next week.
It is expected that the PM will announce a four-week delay to so-called ‘Freedom Day’ in a bid to tackle a surge in cases of the Delta variant and avoid another wave of infections.
Reports suggest the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and Michael Gove have signed off on July 19 being the earliest date that all remaining restrictions could be eased.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.