Dr Hilary Jones tells Brits to stay away from packed beaches as he warns of second coronavirus wave
DR Hilary Jones has told Brits to stay away from packed beaches as he warns of a second coronavirus wave.
The GP said the killer bug was "still out there" as he urged GMB viewers not to break social distancing, despite sizzling 31C heatwave conditions this week.
His warning came as thousands of people flocked to the coast yesterday with jam-packed beaches at Brighton, Bournemouth and Southend.
Dr Hilary explained that just because crowds are outside in the sun, it does not mean coronavirus cannot spread.
He told viewers: “What we do know, from looking around the world and how this pandemic started, is that it is eminently transmittable.
“It might transmit less outdoors under the influence of ultraviolet light, but it is still very transmittable so just being outside is not enough to protect us if we’re not social distancing.
I don't know what we have to say to people to stay safe. It's still out there and it's too early to go back to normal.
“If we are in lots very crowded places and not social distancing then there's going to be a risk of the R rate going up again.”
Brits have been buoyed by Boris Johnson’s plan to get Britain back open for business with pubs and restaurants due to be reopened next month.
But while the long lockdown is slowly easing, Dr Hilary said we are not out of the woods yet with the UK’s coronavirus death toll increasing by a further 154 people yesterday.
'IT'S STILL OUT THERE'
The GP explained that hot weather does not protect us from the deadly bug and urged Brits to keep up with social distancing and stay away from popular destinations.
He added: “Around the world this has transmitted in lots of different climates, the virus doesn’t observe these borders, these temperature changes and rules and regulations.
“It is very transmittable, very virulent and is still prevalent and out there and when people gather like that on beaches and parks the R rate will go up.
"We’ll be back to square one and I don’t know how that will effect communities’ mental health long term if we have to go back to lockdown.
“I know the temptation is to go to the beach, where people can play in the water and see the boats, lovely idea but there are plenty of open spaces that may not be quite as beautiful but safer.
“We’re not really out of the first wave, we’re still seeing 154 deaths overnight, we’re still seeing cases admitted to hospital.
" I don’t know what we have to say to people to say ‘stay safe’ it’s still out there and it’s too early to go back to normal.”
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