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Dr Hilary shares concern over large football crowds as third wave fears grow

Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has advised against people not social distancing in huge crowds, as large groups of football fans were seen celebrating across the country last week.

London’s West End was packed out with thousands of fans supporting Scotland, who took on England in their Euro 2020 match on Friday.

After thousands of Scots made their way to London for the big moment, many football fans were slammed as “irresponsible” after a lack of social distancing, and a huge amount of litter being left outside pubs and bars.

But GMB host Adil Ray “sympathised” with the fans after the government failed to set up a fan zone, or stop anyone from travelling to the area ahead of the big game.

Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones advised against the lack of social distancing, with huge crowds of football fans seen celebrating across the country

Dr Hilary then warned that a third wave of coronavirus was looking more likely, sharing concerns over the lack of restrictions amongst crowds.

Broadcaster Gordon Smart was on the show on Monday, discussing the huge celebrations before adding that many of the Scottish supporters stayed behind after the game to help clear up the masses of litter left behind.

He too suggested the government must have known what would happen, with nothing in place to make it safer for fans – or to even stop them from going.

DI Steve Arnott

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Adil responded: “I’m with you Gordon, I have got a lot of sympathy for those fans, nothing was stopping them from coming and they did.

“There were thousands of them and apparently only 20-30 arrests. On the whole they were just having fun, they were outdoors, so you would hope it was safe for them.

“As you say, there were no fan zones put in place for them. There has been a lot of accusations thrown about them being irresponsible, but I think on the whole they were just having fun.

Good Morning Britain star Dr Hilary Jones had his say, after football fans were called 'irresponsible' for gathering in large numbers
Good Morning Britain star Dr Hilary Jones had his say, after football fans were called ‘irresponsible’ for gathering in large numbers

GMB host Adil Ray
GMB host Adil Ray “sympathised” with the fans after the government failed to set up a fan zone, or stop anyone from travelling to the area

“And I think that’s okay outside. Hilary, were you concerned as a doctor when you saw all of these crowds outside?”

Hilary then had his say on the matter, sharing concern over a third wave and the fast spread of the Delta variant.

He explained: “As we just heard with those very words, it is not ideal. That is how viruses get spread, with people not socially distancing. It is still important you know.

“We saw nearly 10,000 cases nearly every day in the last seven days, so the variant is still spreading quite fast.

‘So even if there is a third wave and it looks as though we are heading into one, hospitalisations are down, the data is looking god.

“But no, those kinds of crowds are not a good idea. It would have been better if they had have been more socially distant.”

It comes after experts have warned a third wave of the virus is already underway in the UK, due to the quick spread of new variants.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.


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