Dr Hilary warns Brits ‘have blood on their hands’ as people fail to take Covid lockdown seriously
BRITS will have blood on their hands if they fail to take the third national coronavirus lockdown seriously, Dr Hilary Jones has warned.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the country will be in lockdown until at least mid-February in order to curb the number of Covid-19 infections.
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Under the third lockdown Brits must work from home where they can and avoid mixing.
You can't visit someone at their home indoors unless you are in a support bubble with them, but you can see one other person from outside your household outdoors for exercise.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, Dr Hilary said he's still seeing a large amount of cars on the road, considering the country is once again in lockdown.
He said: "We really must take lockdown much more seriously than we do because when I look around, there are more cars on the road now than there were in the first lockdown.
"People are finding excuses to get round the guidelines and they've got blood on their hands because we are in a very serious situation right now."
Since Christmas day around 10,000 patients have been admitted to hospitals with the coronavirus.
Those people who are just flouting the rules, or denying the virus even exists, they've got blood on their hands
Data from the government's coronavirus dashboard shows that of January 5, there were 30,370 people in in hospital with Covid.
Experts have warned that the NHS is on the brink, and it was revealed this week that the NHS might have to treat patients on a "lottery" basis, due to the amount of patients needing treatment.
NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens last night warned that the situation in hospitals across the UK is "incredibly serious".
At a Downing Street press conference he said the number of inpatients are "accelerating very, very rapidly", adding the pressures on the NHS are "real and growing".
Dr Hilary warned that we haven't yet seen the affects of Christmas mixing and that this would be seen in data released on January 19.
He said: "That's less than two weeks away and many doctors in intensive care with all their expertise are saying that the way things are going we could be short of 5,000 beds – even with Nightingales open.
"I don't want to scare people, I just want to instil a sense of reality about where we are.
"This is still a very nasty virus, it's still being transmitted, it's actually being transmitted more rapidly at the moment, even in younger people – we are seeing more cases in younger people.
"This is no time to be complacent and relax."
Dr Hilary said while he didn't want to scare people too much, he also was unable to reassure them.
He said we "all have a sense of responsibility" to do the right thing.
Dr Hilary added: "Those people who are just flouting the rules, or denying the virus even exists, they've got blood on their hands".
His comments come as Covid deaths in the UK topped 1,000 for the second day running yesterday, with more than 50,000 new cases reported.
As a mutant strain spreads across the country, 1,162 more deaths have been confirmed and 52,618 new infections.
The highest death toll recorded in the Government's official figures was 1,224 deaths on April 21.
The figures continue to be affected by a lag in the publication of recent data, so will contain some deaths that took place over the Christmas and New Year period that have only just been reported.
NHS England said yesterday that 611 more people died of coronavirus in England.
Patients were aged between 33 and 103 years old. All except 28 – aged 48 to 96 years old – had known underlying health conditions.
Scotland has seen 78 more fatalities to the virus, with Wales reporting 63 additional deaths today.
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