Holly Willoughby horrified as This Morning talks about UK being in lockdown NEXT Christmas too

HOLLY Willoughby was horrified as This Morning discussed the possibility of the UK being in lockdown NEXT Christmas too.

One viewer tweeted during the show today: "Is Holly ok? She looks like she's about to cry…"

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This Morning hosts Holly and Phillip Schofield expressed their shock after Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, suggested that Britain might have to reintroduce coronavirus measures next winter to keep cases down.

Prof Chris Whitty said he hoped not to have to put in place more rules, but the virus would not "go away" and would likely pose a problem next Christmas too.

Speaking to This Morning guest and broadcaster Andrew Neil, she said: "I tell you who isn’t a ray of sunshine, that is Professor Chris Whitty.

"Just as we are getting our heads around this lockdown and having some hope towards Easter or at least the summer, he then comes out and says Britain might have to reintroduce coronavirus measures next winter too."

Holly bemoaned the news as she added: "He said the virus will likely pose a problem next Christmas too, I mean!"



Prof Chris Whitty admitted the virus will not just disappear, and will mean some rules will have to return next winter, when bugs are more easy to spread.

He said last night: "Things will be lifted stage by stage.

"We will then get, over time, to a point where people say this level of risk is one people will be able to tolerate and lift, right down to almost no restrictions at all.

"We might have to bring a few in in the next winter for example, that is possible, because winter will benefit the virus.

"But the aim of this is to de-risk it as much as possible with the vaccine, so we get to the stage where the risk is incredibly low."

Professor Whitty said he hopes that the nation can get Covid to a level where the country can deal with – but said that some people will continue to die of it every year like flu.

He explained: "With flu, every year, around 7,000 a year die. In a bad year up to 20,000 a year die, there is a risk that society should tolerate.

"That is a political decision, a societal decision. We can with the vaccine get the risk down and down."

But the coronavirus is "not going to go away", he added.

"We shouldn't kid ourselves that this just disappears in Spring.

"We just need to keep an open mind about that."

He promised that any rules would not be on the same scale as now – with lockdowns, masks and social distancing across the nation.

 

It came as Mr Johnson revealed today that 1.3million people have now had the Covid vaccine – with a quarter of all those over 80 having received their first dose.

The PM promised daily updates on the number of people who have had the vaccine to keep the nation in the loop on the fight against the virus.

He attempted to reassure Brits that his plan to vaccinate everyone was on track, just hours after he ordered everyone to stay at home.

He told Sky News: "We can't predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions in the week commencing February 15-22.

"What we will be doing is everything that we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated, so that we can begin to progressively lift restrictions.

"I think it is right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions but not necessarily all."

Restrictions won't all be lifted at once, with them "progressively" loosened, he added.

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