'It was only advice' Dr Hilary rejects blanket elderly lockdown as he issues stark warning

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Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones said the Government had only ever “advised” elderly Britons to self-isolate but conceded no blanket order was in place for the over-70s to stay home. Confusion arose during the weekend after reports suggested older citizens may be required to extend their coronavirus lockdown by a further 12 weeks to keep them from catching the novel coronavirus. Commenting on a statement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock from March, the GMB contributor said: “He used the word advice

“It was always advice, it was always guidance for over-70s to protect themselves.”

But Dr Hilary also warned about the “stark” statistics facing elderly Britons as the outbreak continues to rage across the country.

He continued: “Look, the stark statistics are these. If you are admitted to hospital with COVID-19, your mortality is roughly equivalent to your age.

“So, if you are over 70, your mortality could be 70 percent. That is why the Government has always said, ‘we advise you, our guidance is for you to stay home and stay safe’.”

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Dr Hilary Jones conceded the Government only ever advised over-70s to stay home (Image: ITV/Good Morning Britain•GETTY)

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Dr Hilary warned the death rate is “roughly equivalent” to one’s age (Image: ITV/Good Morning Britain)

Dr Hilary added: “Actually, that was correct. We don’t want people to be forced to stay in.

“There’s no banning of people coming out if they want to. And sometimes it’s important for people’s mental health that they leave home.

“Go for a walk and see one another person, and they remain in contact with the world.

“But it’s always been guidance, it has never been enforceable”

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday hit back at claims suggesting the Government ordered a blanket period of self-isolation for all over-70s.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Hancock said: “Sad to see another factually wrong & misleading article on p1 of the Sunday Times.

“The clinically vulnerable, who are advised to stay in lockdown for 12 weeks, emphatically DO NOT include all over 70s. I’ve asked for an urgent correction.”

He added: “We have strongly advised all over 70s to follow social distancing measures.

“However, there is no “blanket ban”, and the suggestion that the clinically vulnerable “include ‘people aged 70 or older regardless of medical conditions'” is wrong & deeply misleading.”

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Matt Hancock insisted over-70s were not ordered to stay inside (Image: GETTY)

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Baroness Ros Altmann warned the Government the elderly may choose to ignore any new restrictive measure after seven weeks of lockdown.

She said: “If they are fit and healthy and need to get out for their own physical health then the idea that the government will tell them you are under house arrest while everybody else is out, and force them into solitary confinement.

“I think they wouldn’t accept it.”

In the coming week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be unveiling his plan to start lifting the restrictions to help return the UK to a state of normality.

Michael Gove has warned however the Government will be opting for a “phased” approach to avoid a second wave of the virus.

Mr Gove said: “A phased approach is one which allows us to monitor the impact that those changes are having on public health.

“And – if necessary, in a specific and localised way – that means that we can pause or even reintroduce those restrictions that might be required in order to deal with localised outbreaks.”


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