DR Hilary of GMB says the second wave of COVID-19 will not be caused by protests alone


Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary says an imminent second wave of coronavirus would be partly due to the current protests, but also due to beachgoers and ve Day celebrations ignoring lockdown advice.Host Piers Morgan added that the actions of Dominic Cummings, who travelled to Durham during confinement while his wife had symptoms of coronavirus, also contributed.

In other words, because, he argued, it meant that people were no longer following the rules because they believed they were not applying to those responsible.

Piers added that it was different to protest against police brutality and racism than to go to the beach on weekends.

Dr Hilary said that public gatherings such as the Cheltenham festival had led to a spike in cases and this could happen again

He said that one of his sons had attended the Black Lives Matter protests and that most of those present distanced socially as much as possible, and wore face coverings.

Piers said his son had agreed that the timing was not right, but that George Floyd did not choose the time of his death, and he added “racism is a virus.”

Dr Hilary said that beach lovers as well as huge public gatherings such as Cheltenham Festival, which caused a huge spike, should be examined if a second wave of the virus comes.

Piers Morgan pointed out that protesting racism is different from sunbathing on the beach

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He also said that further research was needed to determine why BAME people are disproportionately affected by the virus.

He said it could be factors such as the living conditions and types of jobs in which they work, their socio-economic status or pre-existing conditions- and called for “something to be done now to relive the disproportionate burden they carry.”

“We know that the most important measure in virus control is social distancing, right now the chances that you are in contact with someone in the virus is one in 500,” he said.

“But with thousands of protesters, who emotionally and with their hearts do the right thing and forget the threat of the virus, even if people wear face covers, the risk of transmission to others is high.”

He said that the VE celebrations, which saw street parties and a conga line in some cities, will also cause a second peak.

He argued: “An unjust murder, if it means that many more die of coronavirus, there is an irony there.

“I invite people to protest by all means, but to try to keep a clear idea of the nature of the demonstration and to try to take a social distance to protect you, those around you and those who, therefore, could be much more vulnerable.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am


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