Photos have emerged of huge crowds on a beach on England’s south coast despite the country’s more than 300,000 coronavirus cases.
Crowds were pictured flocking to Bournemouth’s beach on Tuesday after the UK officially recorded its warmest day of the year so far when the temperature reached 32.6 degrees in London on Wednesday (local time).
Scenes from the beach were shared on Twitter leaving many people frustrated at the crowds given the ongoing health crisis.
“Oh for crying out loud are that many people really that stupid?” one woman tweeted.
One man called it “irresponsible”.
“We’re doomed,” another tweeted.
Major health bodies have warned a second wave of COVID-19 in the UK is a real possibility.
Britain has one of the world's highest death tolls from COVID-19 but infections have fallen. The government plans to lift many restrictions in England from July 4 to help an economy facing the deepest contraction in three centuries.
With fears of renewed spikes of infections concerning leaders around the world, some of Britain's most eminent health leaders want urgent preparations for such a possible scenario.
"The available evidence indicates that local flare-ups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk," the medics said in a letter in the British Medical Journal.
It was signed by 15 of the most eminent health professional groups and trade unions including the heads of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the British Medical Association.
European nations emerging from shutdowns are nervously watching a new outbreak at a meat-packing plant in Germany, where two municipalities have regressed to lockdown.
Announcing that England was emerging from "hibernation", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is letting pubs, restaurants and hotels reopen from July 4.
He urged vigilance but said the government did not believe there would be a second peak likely to overwhelm health services.
The official UK death toll rose by 154 to 43,081 on Wednesday.
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