GMB: Richard Madeley brands Dr Hilary ‘misleading’ as they clash over rising Covid cases

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Good Morning Britain’s Richard Madeley branded medical expert Dr Hilary as “misleading” following a clash over rising Covid-19 cases.

The back and forth, which took place on Monday morning, came as Madeley opened the programme by saying that GMB was the first show where there was “nothing but good news.”

He listed the football and the July 19 ‘Freedom Day’ as reasons to “relax and celebrate a bit.”

But a baffled Susanna Reid responded to her co-host by telling him that Covid hospitalisations had in fact gone up before she turned to Dr Hilary Robert Jones MBE to ask for his expert opinion.

The doctor, who regularly appears on the programme, said: “Experts are divided on this. They’re completely divided, just as much as the population are.

“Here we are thinking of abandoning all restrictions when we have got cases going up 73 percent in a week, and 55 percent hospitalisations in a week,” he added.

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But Madeley was quick to interrupt him, arguing: “But hang on we’ve got the vaccine,” in which Dr Hilary said “what people forget is the vaccination doesn’t give you 100 percent protection.”

More than 44.8 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine but the doctor added: “10 percent of people who are double jabbed are still likely to get the virus and are still vulnerable.”

Madeley interrupted him for the second time and said his comments and numbers were “misleading” for the public.

“Don’t you think the use of percentages, you’re using percentages to make a case here but that’s a bit misleading, because yes the percentage rise in hospitalisations has gone up.

“I think 24 percent? That sounds a lot but in real numbers, it’s starting at a very low level,” he said.

But despite Dr Hilary’s arguments that hospitalisations were still rising, Madeley continued with his stance and added that he “doesn’t want to wear a mask anymore” as he did not find them comfortable.

The presenter concluded the debate by saying that he will “read the vibe” when it comes to wearing the mask.

It came ahead of Boris Johnson’s announcement at 5pm on Monday where he announced the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on July 19.

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