The number of people catching Covid-19 is about to rise rapidly, and many will e hospitalised – according to Dr Hilary Jones.
The expert was speaking on Good Morning Britain as he gave a warning about what to expect from coronavirus in the UK in the next few days.
Dr Jones says the UK has followed the pattern of the outbreak in France since the start of the pandemic – generally being two weeks behind what is happening across the Channel.
France has seen a rapid rise in the number of people contracting Covid-19, and the number of people getting so seriously ill they were taken to hospital.
The start of the pattern saw France removed from the UK safe travel list.
Dr Hilary said there is “no real evidence” the virus has weakened at all, reports The Mirror.
He said there is “no room for complacency” as if cases begin to rise again, so will hospitalisation, putting added pressure on the NHS.
“There is a time lag between the number of cases rising and the serious infections that require hospitalisation,” said Hilary.
“So we are now seeing in France something like 5,100 a day, which compares to something like 272, two weeks after their lockdown finished, so a massive increase in certain parts of France.
“So that’s a concern, four times more than what we have here at the moment, but we have always been behind that curve if we compare ourselves to Spain and to France, so our numbers are rising as well, and certainly there is no room for complacency.
“We will see hospitalisations rise as case numbers rise, so we have to be really wary of what’s going on in France.”
He added: “Most people are adhering to the guidelines and being sensible, but a huge number of people are not… We are seeing raves, we are seeing people on airplanes not wearing masks.
“We are seeing people not even believe the virus exists, and it’s of great concern.
“We know only a small percentage of the population have been exposed to the virus already, so there is a huge reservoir of people who are very vulnerable.”
GMB host Piers Morgan warned: “It might be too late if we don’t wake up and smell the coffee”.
* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am