GMB’s Dr Hilary admits to making errors while speaking about coronavirus and issues new advice

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Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones has issued new advice on coronavirus after admitting to making some errors.

Appearing on today’s episode of the ITV show, the health expert confessed to making mistakes while thinking on the spot during Thursday’s instalment.

The GP says he has been “bombarded” with information about the virus while working hard to answer as many people’s questions as possible over the past several weeks.

Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, he said he wanted to clarify a few things he had spoken about previously, regarding newspaper deliveries and child immunisations.

“There’s so much info coming through on this new virus.” He added. “We didn’t know anything about just a few weeks ago. Everything is moving so fast.

“Yesterday I was thinking on my feet bombarded with information and I want to clarify a couple of things that were erroneous yesterday.”

The specialist then went on to confess to making a “flippant remark” about newspapers, where he implied that they were an essential item to deliver.

He said: “Newspapers are an essential service for people who need to be update on current affairs and news and be entertained.

“Also for public health information right now it’s important people have access to information through newspapers.



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He added: “It’s possible to deliver those newspapers safely. If someone physically picks them up and delivers them to a doorstep or letterbox it’s safe.”

The 66-year-old also cleared up some information he gave while telling viewers about child immunisations.

He said: “The other thing I said is child immunisations are continuing throughout this outbreak as normal. Routine child immunisations will be carrying on in a clinic that is safe.”


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While discussing social distancing, he said also: “From what I observe on the street it’s much, much better. People are keeping their distance in the shops. Just driving here and back you can see people are behaving much more responsibly now.

“Today after Mr Sunak’s information yesterday on the self-employed – much quieter, less people driving now.

“People knowing they will get their 80% salary, they are staying at home and not taking the risk of going out. Obeying the guidance.”

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