Dr Hilary Jones has warned that coronavirus numbers will get worse as the UK recorded the ‘deadliest day’ of the pandemic so far.
It was revealed on Tuesday that 1,610 people had died after testing positive for Covid, with the death toll closing in on 100,000.
Speaking of the rising numbers on today’s instalment of Lorraine, the health expert explained that the rise is due to mixing over the festive period – with things set to worsen.
‘We knew this was going to happen, we knew it was going to get worse before it gets better, and that’s where we are now,’ he told the host.
‘So with all the social gatherings, and mixing that occurred at Christmas and New Year, we’re now seeing down the line, the incubation period, people picking up the coronavirus and more hospitalisations right now.
‘Hospitalisations are at their record level, deaths over 1,600, [it’s] really scary and it’s probably going to get a bit worse still, for another week before it starts to improve.
‘We’ve got lower cases, there’s 27% fewer cases recorded, which is a step in the right direction but we’ve still got high numbers.’
There has been a lot of talk about relaxing the strict restrictions in place, amid speculation that schools will remain shut until after Easter.
However, Dr Hilary insisted that now is not the time to make any changes.
‘They [guidelines] do need to be stronger because this virus is very transmissible, with this new variant, there are too many people out and about,’ he continued.
‘People are saying, “I’ll just make an exception” You hear it all the time. “I understand the rules but I’m just gonna make an exception.” There can’t be an exception.
‘It won’t be fine, because down the line somebody dies.’
Lorraine continues on weekday mornings, at 9am, on ITV.
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