GMB’s Dr Hilary calls for all non-essential workplaces to close as lockdown fails

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Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones says he believes the current lockdown measures are not doing enough to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid amid the news the government is considering tightening the restrictions, including scrapping support bubbles and enforcing face coverings worn outside.

Asked on the effectiveness on the current lockdown measures, Dr Hilary said: "The R Rate is between 1.1 and 1.4, which means for every ten people infected, they are going to infect between ten to 14 more people.

"That hasn't fallen very much in the first two weeks of this lockdown.

"We ask people to self-isolate for two weeks, so after two weeks you would expect people to be clear.

"You would expect to see results after two to three weeks but the numbers are very static."

Dr Hilary Jones says the current measures are failing to reduce the spread of Covid

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He continued: "Hospitals are absolutely under huge pressure, and turning patients away to go to other hospitals, because they have no beds left.

"Supposing this lockdown isn't quite adequate, by doing something now, means less pressure in two weeks."

Piers asked: "Are we doing enough in this lockdown?"

Dr Hilary condemned "super-spreading" sports fans who crowded in the streets on Monday

"No we are not," replied Dr Hilary.

"What is essential is going to get food, to a pharmacy, and going to essential work, not everybody on the road right now is doing essential work."

Susanna pointed out people travelling to workplaces were not breaking the rules if they could not work from home.

Piers and Susanna asked Dr Hilary what measures he think should be taken

Hilary replied that he believes all non-essential workplaces should close and people should be cracked down on for exercising with partners and bending the rules in other small ways.

He also said it might be necessary to ban sports games as well, after alarming footage showed crowds arriving to greet Tottenham Hotspur team coach at Marine AFC in Merseyside on Sunday.

Footage played of a crowd of supports on the roadside, appearing to not be wearing masks, but no one was arrested or fined despite a huge police presence.

Piers questioned how that was the case but two women in Derby were fined £200 for driving five miles for a socially-distanced walk together.

Dr Hilary replied: "It doesn't make any sense, the public are right to be outraged, there is no consistency.

"If necessary they are going to have to ban games, that is nothing other than a super-spreading event and people might even die as a result of that event."

* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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