Dr Hilary says we're heading for 'bleakest winter' and slams boozy Brits heading to pubs for last hurrah before lockdown

DR Hilary Jones has slammed boozy Brits heading to pubs and clubs for one "last hurrah" before fresh lockdowns.

The Good Morning Britain medic warned viewers the UK is heading for the "bleakest winter" amid fears Covid hotspots Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool will be ordered to go into lockdown on Monday.

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Dr Hilary reacted to the news Scots had flocked to pubs and bars for a final booze up last night before the 16-day alcohol ban comes into force at 6pm today.

As the UK-wide infection rate for coronavirus doubled in a week party goers gathered on the streets.

Revellers were also pictured in Edinburgh necking last orders, with massive queues snaking around some of the bars in the city.

Dr Hilary warned the UK was heading for more "doom and gloom" if people flouted the Scottish First Minister tough new booze bans to curb the rise in infections.

He told GMB hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard: "If we don't take it seriously we're going to be in big trouble.

"Those countries that have been successful have imposed lockdowns on pubs and hospitality. It's people flocking there in the first place, then gathering outside, then going home.

"You're going to get more transition rates. The virus has ambushed us into thinking we can go back to normal after lockdown – now we're facing one of the bleakest winters ever.

"I hate to be the harbitour of doom and gloom and I would love to go out to bars and restaurants but we can't go on like this."


Some GMB viewers shared their anger on Twitter following Dr Hilary's warning.

One said: "We will be tagged and under house arrest soon! The uk has gone mad."

Another said: "You can’t keep people on #lockdowns for ever! You can’t close pubs and the entertainment industry for ever!"

Meanwhile, the government could advise clinically vulnerable people to shield as part of the top tier of a streamlined lockdown system set to be announced next week. 

It comes as senior doctors warned that the steep rise in cases and hospitalisations in the past few weeks risks an NHS “implosion” in the coming months.

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