Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary Jones warned that Christmas might not happen if we don’t change our ways.
On the morning show, Dr Hilary said that the public has to take responsibility if they want to celebrate Christmas this year.
The update comes following Boris Johnson’s announcement last night, where he added he was ‘hopeful’ the festive season will still go head if testing can increase to 500,000 a day in the UK by the end of October.
Hilary also spoke about Matt Hancock placing the blame on young people for the threat of the second wave. He said: “When it comes to young people being blamed, I don’t think they should be blamed for the transmission of the virus.
“But, what they need to know is unless people behave responsibly there is a risk of jobs being lost and money being unavailable.”
He added: “The things that young people want to buy like their trainers, or their CDs, or their music, or go to venues – they’re not going to be able to do that unless everyone behaves in such a way that limits transmission and gets a handle on this.”
Continuing, Dr Hilary said: “If you look at what’s happening in France and especially in Spain, we have always been lagging behind what’s happening there – and it’s really worrying.
“9,000 cases were recorded in France last Friday and many more hospitalisations in Spain. We don’t want to be there. So, if we do our bit and just you know, do what we’re told for a bit actually then I think we will make some progress.”
Dr Hilary then spoke about the death rate, which has recently reached 30, an increase from two.
He said that the stats could rise despite the rate remaining small: “They were very small in January, they were very small in February and look what’s happened.
“41,000 people died so far plus, so we don’t want to be there again the virus hasn’t changed. Transmission is increasing, the R rate is going up, there will be an exponential rise so we need to make changes.”
He urged that if ‘everyone wants a nice Christmas’ we must ‘change what we’re doing’.
He said: “Whether we are going to get things back to normal at all by Christmas, I’m still hopeful, as I’ve said before, that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas.”
Phillip Schofield makes urgent plea to This Morning viewers in Tier 3
“Support local businesses!”
Yesterday it was confirmed which regions in England would be going into which tier when lockdown ends next week, with Greater Manchester facing the strictest restrictions, Tier 3.
The confirmation brought bad news for most of the North West, as well as large parts of Northern England, as they were also plunged into the tightest restrictions come December 2nd.
Phillip Schofield pleaded with This Morning viewers to support local businesses as large parts of the country are put into Tier 3.
Making a passionate plea on the morning show, Phil hit out at the health secretary Matt Hancock after delaying his announcement.
Phillip and co-host Holly Willoughby, as well as guests Vanessa Feltz and Nick Ferrari, reacted to the news on the show.
Nick said: “People who own pubs in the likes of Redcar, Hartlepool. my heart goes out to them.
“I hope they’re there come 2021.”
Adding to Nick’s concerns, Phillip said while looking directly down the lens: “If you have a pub or restaurant that you know is down the road and they’re doing takeouts in Tier 3, make sure, that if you want them at the end of the road by the end of all this, that it’s them that you’re going to for takeouts if they’ve set it up, rather than the big usual ones you might get your Saturday night takeaway from.
“Support local businesses!”
The Lowry is live-streaming The Gruffalo to primary schools for free
The Lowry has announced their plans to live-stream a performance of the hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in Salford.
The performance will take place on Friday, December 11th at 1:30pm and will be available to each of the 99 primary schools in Salford for free.
The first 50 schools to register will also receive £50 of art supplies as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “COVID-19 has caused untold disruption to the academic year and the wellbeing of millions of children– not least of all the opportunity for children to come together to experience live theatre.
“Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have expected to welcome some 15,000 children to our building this year – visiting one of our theatres, galleries or taking part in our Learning programme.
“By live-streaming this performance exclusively to Salford primary schools, free of charge, we hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to more than 10,000 children across Salford.”
Any schools wishing to get involved can email here.
Currently, The Lowry is closed as per the national lockdown, but live performances are set to resume on Friday December 4th with galleries open on weekends only from Saturday December 5th.
The Chase welcomes former contestant as brand new Chaser ‘The Menace’
There’s a brand new Chaser in town named ‘The Menace’ ready to battle with contestants.
Irish genius, Darragh Ennis is a neuroscientist who first appeared on the show in 2017 where he played against Paul and performed incredibly.
He won a whopping amount of money that was dramatically decreased by the other contestants on the episode.
The brainbox will be joining Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha and will be called ‘The Menace’
Darragh said: “I’m so pleased to be the sixth Chaser. It’s brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh.
“It’s such an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to take on more contestants!”
Host Bradley Walsh joked: “Another Chaser? ANOTHER CHASER? That’s another person cleverer than me on The Chase. I must have words with the producers.
“But I can’t wait to educate Darragh on the important things in life; custard creams, cowboy films and real ale.”
Fans are delighted Darragh will become the sixth Chaser and that no one is leaving.
One wrote: “Exciting but reallyyyy strange seeing a new Chaser in the chair!”
While another added: “I know! I know I’m late and feck me, it’s the newbie!!! About time!! #TheChase “
He’s already had his first stab of the show but it didn’t go too well as the first player beat him.
What do you make of the newbie?