Dr Hilary predicts coronavirus pandemic could 'last another year'

Dr Hilary feels the coronavirus pandemic could ‘last another year’.

While the UK might be in ‘a better position’ in the future, he predicted we have some way to go to get over the worst.

Speaking on Tuesday’s Lorraine, he was asked where he thinks the country will be six months on.

He explained: ‘We’ll be in a better situation, I don’t think we’ll be out of the woods.

‘In my personal opinion this could take another year. We need to keep looking at the figures and see where we are.’

He added that we need to be mindful of certain groups that are hit hardest by the virus, such as the elderly and the BAME community.

Dr Hilary, who has said he doesn’t ‘see the point’ of a second national lockdown, went on: ‘The government want to vaccinate 30 million people this year, not just people who are normally eligible but everyone over 50.’

It comes after he called out people who might choose not to wear a face covering ‘as an act of rebellion’.

‘That’s the problem. It only takes a few people to not understand and flout the rules for the exponential rise in cases.

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‘It’s not so much that young people are effected, it’s just that if we do see more hospitalisations and intensive care beds being used up by people with Covid-19 as we’re seeing in Spain and France right now, the NHS once again will have to shut down for everything else. And it’s that knock on effect which is so devastating for the NHS.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a new plan for England after the recent spike in cases in a televised address tonight.

Johnson is expected to declare a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants across the country.

It is believed that he will also encourage people to go back to working from home if possible, and stress the importance of wearing masks, washing your hands and sticking to social distancing measures.

Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.

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