GOOD Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has claimed the UK Government should have banned public events a week ago and warned Britain could face mass lockdown like Italy.
The TV doc believes the UK is on the same trajectory as Italy, which has seen more than 800 deaths from the spread of coronavirus.
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Britain currently has 460 confirmed cases of the virus, compared to more than 12,000 in Italy.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to chair a Cobra meeting later this afternoon where the Government looks set to move into the 'delay' phase of the battle against the deadly bug.
This could include social distancing measures such as restricting public gatherings and issuing more widespread advice to stay at home.
But speaking on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary said he believes the move has come too late.
He said: "Well I think this was predictable.
"We were always running containment and delay concurrently in reality, we always knew numbers were going to increase probably double every three to four days.
"We are on the same trajectory as Italy, if you look at the Italian situation overnight two hundred deaths nearly, so clearly this is very serious.
"Having said that the delay phase is critical, people need to socially distance, we should have banned these mass gatherings probably a week ago."
He added that events such as Cheltenham Festival should not have gone ahead this week.
The PM is set to say the nation has now reached the “delay” phase and put Brits on notice that they could face sweeping restrictions on their lives.
It means the public could be told to start working from home and to scale back their socialising as the country tries to get a grip on the outbreak.
Care homes could place extra restrictions on visitors to protect the elderly, who are most likely to die from the killer bug.
While any Brit with a cold, cough, sniffle or fever could be told to stay at home for a week to help halt the spread of the infection.
Mr Johnson is expected to declare the major shift as he chairs an emergency COBRA meeting at lunchtime.
It comes as Donald Trump suspended ALL flights to the US from Europe except UK and Ireland for the next 30 days due to the killer bug.
Two more elderly Brits have died from coronavirus bringing the UK toll to eight after the number of cases jumped to 460.
A total of 87 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily increase since the start of the outbreak.
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust said a patient in their 70s being treated for underlying health conditions had died after testing positive for Covid-19.
And the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said an elderly patient being treated for a number of serious underlying health conditions, had also died.
Earlier, a 53-year-old British woman was reported to have died from Covid-19 in Indonesia.
She was ill with other health conditions, including diabetes and lung disease, the Indonesian government said.
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