GMB Dr Hilary says rule of six oversight could ‘increase Covid-19 transmission’

Good Morning Britain doctor Hilary Jones pointed out an apparent "glaring error" in Boris Johnson 's new lockdown restrictions.

The new rules include things such as the rule of six, meaning people cannot mix in groups of more than six, and a 10pm curfew in pubs, bars and restaurants.

But Dr Hilary explained that he thinks things should have gone further, as Piers Morgan said: "In Scotland, you can't even meet people from another household.

"In England you can meet with six other people from six different households. It doesn't make any sense."

Dr Hilary responded: "This is the one glaring error in which most medical experts agree, that when you have six people meeting up from potentially six different households, the potential for transmission is very significant.

"If it's two households, it's much much less, and of course if you can't visit anybody else indoors in another household, as you can't in Scotland, you're going to get the R-rate down.

"The restrictions imposed yesterday don't seem to go quite far enough, they haven't changed much at all."

He added: "This rule of six is an odd one. If six people meet up, five people can go and meet five more people an hour later."

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson introduced a number of other rules and guidelines in a bad to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

From today (September 23), customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings.

Similarly, from Thursday, customers in hospitality venues have to wear face coverings unless they are sat at a table to eat or drink, as must staff members.

Hospitality businesses, as well as places like theme parks, bingo halls and bowling alleys, must be closed between 10pm and 5am, from Thursday.

Customers will only be able to order from and eat at their table, too.

People are being told to work from home again if it is possible, despite previously being encouraged to return.

The number of people allowed at weddings has been dropped from 30 to 15 from September 28, while funerals have not changed.

And plans to re-open sport venues from October 1 have been scrapped.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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