Lorraine Kelly says she ‘could have cried’ over mass gathering snaps ‘People, be sensible’

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Lorraine Kelly has urged people to be “sensible” as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift in the UK. The television presenter made her comments after seeing large crowds of people heading to parks, beaches, and beauty spots to make the most of the unseasonably warm weather.

This week saw temperatures reach 24 degrees in London and other parts of the country, marking the hottest March day in over 50 years.

People in England are now allowed to meet in groups of six people or two families outdoors, so it comes as no surprise to see them heading out to enjoy the sunshine.

However, Dr Hilary warned that visiting crowded areas could lead to infection rates rising again.

He said scenes of mass gatherings made him “despair”.

Footage on the programme showed groups sitting outside, but not fully social distancing.

“…People like me despair when we see those mass gatherings of people ignoring the rules…” Dr Hilary said to Lorraine.

“Oh don’t, I could have cried,” the host interjected.

“…because that will put the infection rate back up again,” he warned.

“People, be sensible please, listen to doctor Hilary,” Lorraine urged.

Also on the programme today was former pop star Michelle Heaton who wanted to encourage viewers to get the vaccine.

The 41-year-old recently caught the virus, despite having had her first dose of the vaccine.

However, she was told by medical staff that her reaction to the virus could have been much more serious, because of her underlying medical conditions, if she hadn’t had the vaccine.

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Michelle confirmed that she, as well as her husband and two young children, had all tested positive at the weekend.

They learnt the news after taking a routine Covid test.

“I was thinking first of all, ‘Oh my goodness, the vaccine didn’t work’ but that was the wrong response.

“The nurse said I did a really good job in getting the vaccine.

“It wasn’t until she said to me that it would be a lot worse and I might have been hospitalised.”

Dr Hilary, who is heading up the Government’s ‘Let’s Take This Next Step Safely’ campaign, added: “I am so glad you are talking about this because people say vaccination is the way out, and it is the be all and end all, but the first dose alone gives you protection but not complete protection.”

He said that the vaccine had certainly helped to reduce hospitalisations and deaths.

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