Dr Hilary Jones hits out at crowds as Britons flock to parks and beaches in massive groups
Dr Hilary outlines 'worry' for rise in coronavirus infections
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Dr Hilary Jones expressed his concern for a rise in coronavirus cases due to mass gatherings outdoors. While speaking on Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid, he admitted that people were not socially distancing from other groups of six. This would likely result in the virus being passed on to other people despite outdoor socialising being allowed.
Ms Reid said:” It is hard to socially distance when everyone has got the same idea.
“Then of course at Brighton beach, there were going to be massive gatherings as well.
“Dr Hilary, does this make your skin itch when you see people gathering?”
He replied: “Yes it does, the pictures speak for themselves.
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“As you have just said, you can have a group of six but you can’t socially distance from another group of six if they are sitting right next to you.
“That is not a group of six that is a group of 12 and so it goes on.
“When I look at those pictures I do worry about the number of infections that we are going to see going forward.”
Ms Reid added that being outdoors does help reduce the rate of infection when meeting people.
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Dr Hilary agreed and added why this remained true but still warned of too many people crowding.
He said: “Much less risky than being indoors.
“We know being indoors those aerosol droplets that float in the air and don’t sink to the ground don’t disperse nearly as quickly as they do when you are outside.
“Being outside is better but having said that when you have got mass gatherings like that you are going to get transmission of the virus.”
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