The Prime Minister has been heavily critised by senior doctors over his plan to end social distancing next week.
Cases across England are soaring and will suddenly spike within a few weeks as the economy reopens.
According to government modelling there could be 2,000 daily hospital admissions with up to 200 deaths per day by mid-August.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul who is the British Medical Association (BMA) council chair warned that it is “irresponsible and perilous.”
He warned, “It’s irresponsible and frankly perilous that the government has decided to press ahead with plans to lift the remaining Covid-19 restrictions on July 19.
“The BMA has repeatedly warned of the rapidly rising infection rate and the crippling impact that Covid-related hospitalisations continue to have on the NHS, not only pushing staff to the brink of collapse but also driving up already lengthy waiting times for elective care.
“The Prime Minister repeatedly emphasised the importance of a slow and cautious approach, but in reality the government is throwing caution to the wind by scrapping all regulations in one fell swoop, with potentially devastating consequences.”
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said there was “considerable uncertainty.”
He said, “I sympathise with the political message that this can’t go on forever but on the other hand we really don’t want to get to a situation where things get so bad that we have to reimpose restrictions and it’s a very delicate balancing act to get that right.
“The more you let the genie out of the bottle the harder it is to put it back in, though there is a large amount of uncertainty.”