The Frontline NHS pediatrician warned that Britain has seen similar rises in COVID cases before and stressed that “pressure is rising now” in the NHS. Dr Singh was asked by Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid whether the time was right for the Government to launch a Plan B to avoid throwing the UK back into a strict lockdown. She replied: “At the moment we’re doing too little and whatever we end up doing will be too late.”
Dr Singh told GMB: “You know what as a frontline clinician, who has been working in the NHS throughout this pandemic, it very much feels like deja vu.
Feels like we’ve been here before, if we looked at the graphs and statistics and the way that things are going up it is not something we have not seen before.
“Every single one of you here knows what it feels like to see the number keeps going up and we know what it’s like in the NHS to know that the pressure is rising now.
“And I would say that at the moment we are doing too little and whatever we end up doing will be too late.”
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GMB host Richard Madeley: “So it is exactly as the report a couple of weeks that pointed the figure at Government and said at the beginning of this is too little too late, and you’re saying that’s exactly your experience, looking at the graph and saying act now.”
Dr Singh replied: “Yeah absolutely and the problem is we’ve had that report, and it’s almost as if we haven’t learned the lessons from it.
“We’ve got so much information now about what we have done here in the UK.
“Also what other countries have been doing and we know that it is possible to actually keep infection rates low, and still actually have those freedoms within society. Other countries have done it, why can’t we?”
It came a day after Professor Carl Heneghan urged Britons to “stop panicking” about the possible rise in coronavirus in the run-up to Christmas.
Speaking to TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer, the health expert argued the public to get used to “what happened with an endemic virus.”
Professor Heneghan told TalkRADIO: “I don’t think we should be moving to Plan B but I think you’re right about why are we worried about the NHS and we’ve talked about this multiple times this issue of capacity is a problem as we go into winter, we just don’t have enough beds.
“But let’s, you know, there’s been a sense every time I read headlines we are probably going to talk about vaccines, it’s the next catastrophe that’s around the corner.
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“If you look at the data actually on Monday last Monday when we spoke, actually it was 42,000 then, on the specimen day, every time we make an increment, from 40 to 50,000, there’s another alert.
“Actually looks now like it’s really starting to slow the acceleration, and we’re starting to come off again.
“So we have to stop panic and get used to what happened with an endemic virus.”
Sunday saw 45,140 new Covid cases recorded in the UK, more than three times the amount that was reported on the same day last year.