Chris Whitty's mask demands criticised by Carole Malone
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Carol Malone appeared on the Jeremy Vine Show and was “angry” that Government advisors like Chris Whitty appeared to be subtly opposing the upcoming July 19 reopening by dropping hints they will keep following lockdown restrictions as they warn of cases spiking. Ms Malone was fed up that mask-wearing was considered to be a “matter of courtesy” and boldly welcomed the scrapping of mask-wearing following months of following the rules. It comes as the Government faces calls from various political creeds to delay the reopening date or to at least maintain some restrictions as cases rise.
Speaking on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine Show, Ms Malone said Professor Whitty made her “angry” as she believes he was suggesting it was not the right time to scrap restrictions.
After an awkward wardrobe malfunction with her hair, as the panel laughed at her misfortune of keeping a clip attached to it, Ms Malone delivered a stinging rant against Professor Whitty.
The columnist said: “That made me cross what Whitty did there.
“Because there is Boris saying that we don’t have to wear [masks] anymore.
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“And then there is him saying if you don’t wear them you’re a very inconsiderate person because he is saying it is a matter of courtesy.
“No! We don’t have to wear them anymore, don’t guilt people into wearing these things – he’s telling you when he would wear them.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is lifting restrictions on July 19 and will allow individuals to make the personal choice on whether to follow them or not.
One of the main sticking points however is mask-wearing as some suggest wearing them has minimal economic impact but could drastically affect cases.
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During the Monday press conference, Professor Whitty and Patrick Vallance revealed cases of COVID-19 were still rising with Health Secretary Sajid Javid predicting 100,000 daily cases could be expected through the summer.
Currently, daily cases teeter around 25,000 per day but hospitalisations and deaths have dramatically fallen.
On Monday, 15 deaths were recorded which is a sharp departure from January which saw some days record 1,200 deaths.
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Mr Javid told media outlets during his press round that the link between hospitalisation and cases was “weakened but not broken” and supported the unlocking on July 19.
Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “By the time we get to [July] 19 we would expect case numbers by then to be at least double what they are now, so around 50,000 new cases a day.
“As we ease and go into the summer, we expect them to rise significantly and they could go as high as 100,000 case numbers.”
The Health Secretary also revealed he would continue to wear his mask in crowded enclosed spaces despite many of his colleagues saying they would no longer follow the rule
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