Dr Hilary Jones from Britain urged the public to consider whether the proposed five-day Christmas lockout period is « worth the effort »
Dr. Hillary Jones shared these thoughts on proposed plans for a five-day lockdown at Christmas.
It is now reported that it could come at the cost of closing another Coronarvius for a month in January – while experts have warned of the potential cost of life and the impact it could also have on the economy.
Dr. Hillary is opposing the new plans for five days of relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, from Christmas Eve.
It will give families a chance to celebrate the holiday season and mingle families on those days.
But amid the uncertainty over the current lockdown in England and other strict rules across the UK, the decision has not been confirmed by the government..
It is also not clear what the restrictions will be that will lead to the proposed break.
Now, Hillary, the GMB star, has asked viewers and the audience to think about whether he is « worth » the pause, when there are consequences..
He warned of the impact this would have on mixing families, and the potential for the virus to spread.
With a vaccine in preparation but not yet operational, he warned that the UK « may return to square one » if a lockdown break increases cases and hospitalization.
Facts and figures also led to his other view, which is that data on cases and deaths are believed to be about three weeks late..
He said he was then allowed to decide on Christmas now. « Too early » as there could be a spike in earlier cases.
Not only that, but he suggested it would be « foolish » to go ahead with the five-day plan after new data revealed a higher transmission..
Speaking about the program to hosts Ben Sheppard and Susanna Reed, he said, “Every day, they calculated, means five extra days in lockdown, so five days of Christmas celebrations mean another 25-day shutdown..
“With the damage to the economy and people’s mental health, all of this must be balanced.
“They talk about the balance of risk all the time, and that’s exactly what it is. Other religious groups have had to abandon their religious ceremonies, they have made that sacrifice, and one has to wonder if it’s five days in Christmas, to have those parties, to get roast turkey, really calls for another month of lockdown and lockdown country.
He continued, with Ben suggesting that the decision be made as soon as the December figures reveal the impact of the current lockdown: “I totally agree..
« I think it’s too early to make any decisions about Christmas now, as we need to know where we are in two or three weeks.
“If cases go up, hospital admissions and deaths go up, I think it’d be very stupid to think of five days of Christmas.
“Unfortunately, I don’t want to be fun or a fun sponge, but if that is the case, we have to think hard, otherwise we’d end up on square one.
He added that despite some good news regarding Covid vaccine trials, we are « very far away » before most people are vaccinated..
Hillary Jones, Good Morning Britain, Christmas Day
World News – Britain – Dr. Hillary warns that it is « too early » to make a decision on Christmas amid « foolish » plans