Richard Madeley and Dr Hilary Jones’s fiery clash over Freedom Day changes

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Good Morning Britain’s Richard Madeley and Dr Hilary Jones got into a fierce debate on today’s episode as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to make announcements for Freedom Day going ahead on July 19, the panel discussed what the future held for using masks in public.

While Madeley said that he was looking forward to no longer wearing them, medical expert Dr Hilary said that people need to ‘show restraint’ to stop the virus spreading too quickly.

As Susanna Reid pointed out that infections and hospitalisations were going up, Dr Hilary said that numbers of cases were increasing 74 per cent over a week.

But Richard called out Dr Hilary and spoke about how percentage rises don't match numbers.

He said: "You're using percentages to make a case here but don't you think that's a bit misleading?

"The percentage rise has gone up, it sounds a lot but in real numbers it's not a lot."

"But it's increasing,” Dr Hilary told him. “We've got millions of people who still haven't been vaccinated.

"We've got a variant that is more transmissible. And as some experts have said, it's a factory to develop new variants.

"What if we get a new variant come along that's resistant to the current vaccines we use? The whole thing is out of the window."

Dr Hilary added that people need to ‘exercise restraint’ as we have plenty of freedom already, weeks before “Freedom Day” is made official.

He said: "If you're going into somewhere with poor ventilation, in a crowded space, I think you need to be very careful and wear masks."

Leading anchor Susanna stepped in and said she was not wanting to wear masks in situations including being on the tube.

Richard agreed, saying that he “didn’t like” them and didn't want to wear them anymore.

Monday’s episode marked the return of Richard, who has been appearing on the show for the past month.

He is stepping in for Piers Morgan, who quit the show back in March with no successor lined up.

Since then, stars including Bill Turnbull, Adil Ray, Ben Shephard and Martin Lewis joining Susanna on the early morning show.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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