In a video apparently filmed and shared online by the person who confronted Mr Whitty in Oxford, the government’s Chief Medical Advisor was shown walking briskly down a street as he was followed and bombarded with questions.
The person filming, identified on Facebook as Geza Tarjanyi, is a family DJ and producer who has become known online for his activism against fracking, and against mask wearing and other public health Covid measures during the pandemic.
According to The Northern Quota, he has also expressed concerns over the health hazards of 5G and has touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus – both common and un-proven talking points among conspiracy theorists.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, has been harassed in the street again by a man accusing him of lying to the public about coronavirus. Pictured: Still grabs from a video shared to Facebook that saw Mr Whitty confronted by a man in the street
‘Hello Chris. Lying to the public again? You don’t represent us, you don’t represent the public,’ a man believed to be Mr Tarjanyi is heard asking Mr Whitty as he left a G7 health summit held at Oxford University on Thursday.
‘Oxford-AstraZeneca right in the centre – what a surprise you’re here. Come speak to us Chris, come speak to the public – you’re the expert,’ the DJ is heard saying.
‘Is Bill Gates funding this?’ Mr Tarjanyi asks, after accusing the CMO of lying and after rattling off a variety of other unproven theories about the government’s pandemic response.
Mr Whitty, wearing a suit and backpack while carrying a briefcase, is shown hurrying down the road away from the man filming and refusing to reply to his comments.
At one point, England’s CMO is shown stopping beside a police van to ask if the officers can stop the man following him.
‘These gentlemen don’t seem to want to leave me alone at all,’ Mr Whitty is heard saying to the officers in the van, but he quickly continues down the street away from the person holding the camera who continues following him.
‘Why are you lying to the public? Why is everything designed for the vaccine,’ Mr Tarjanyi is heard asking, before saying ‘there is no covid’ and accusing Mr Whitty of manipulated the figures shown during Downing Street press conferences.
He goes on to say that he has been arrested ten times ‘because of your Covid lie, your experts’, and accuses Professor Neil Ferguson, whose data modelling was key to the decision behind the UK’s first lockdown in March last year.
The person filming, identified on Facebook as Geza Tarjanyi (pictured), is a family DJ and producer who has become known online for his activism against fracking, and against mask wearing and other public health covid measures during the pandemic
Mr Tarjanyi tells Mr Whitty that he has spoken to him on three occasions, and has ‘never been a threat what-so-ever,’ he says, asking why he would flag down the police when he is being filmed like he is on the BBC and ITV.
‘But they’re safe hands aren’t they,’ Mr Tarjanyi is heard saying before the video – shared on Facebook by Piers Corbyn – cuts off, implying the two broadcasters are complicity in the conspiracy.
According to the Lancashire Post, Mr Tarjanyi lost a bit to overturn a conviction for a public order offence after he disrupted a performance by anti-fracking activists at the Lancashire Fringe Festival in May 2019.
Mr Tarjanyi, who at the time of his failed bid in October 2020 was 58, was said to have entered the performance area, filming and shouting abuse towards the performing women. At the time, he was said to be living in Leyland.
The latest confrontation of Mr Whitty came as Matt Hancock today cautioned that the link between Covid cases and deaths has been ‘broken but not completely severed’ by vaccines as the number of positive tests spiked again to 6,238 and 11 more deaths were recorded.
The Health Secretary was speaking at a meeting of G7 health ministers in Oxford today when the case count surged by 1,000 more than yesterday at the end of a week of mounting evidence that Covid is coming back in the UK, fuelled by the super-contagious new Indian variant.
DOUBLE-JABBING CUTS RISK OF HOSPITAL ADMISSION WITH INDIAN VARIANT BY 93%, STUDY FINDS
Having two doses of a Covid vaccine slashes the risk of being admitted to hospital with the Indian variant by 93 per cent to less than one in a thousand but unvaccinated people are at a higher risk than in earlier waves.
Public Health England figures show just seven out of 9,427 people to have been infected with the new strain were admitted to hospital even though they had had two doses of a vaccine.
By comparison, 90 unvaccinated people were admitted in the same time and PHE warned in a report last night that the risk of admission to hospital with the new strain may be 2.6 times higher than it was for the Kent variant.
The figures show 0.07 per cent of all the variant cases were hospitalised after having had two doses, while 0.95 per cent of the cases were unvaccinated and ended up in hospital, showing a 93 per cent fall in risk.
Promising figures show just seven people out of 9,427 confirmed cases spent the night in hospital despite having had two jabs – only 0.07 per cent – compared to 90 who were unvaccinated (0.95 per cent).
One dose reduces the risk by about three quarters, to one in 400 from one in 100, but doesn’t offer as much protection as being fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people will be at a higher risk from Covid than they were with the old variant, PHE has confirmed, because it spreads up to twice as fast – so they will be more likely to get infected – and appears to increase the risk of hospital admission by up to 2.6 times.
The figures will bolster the case for the June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ unlocking to be pushed back to buy more time to get second doses to more people. So far 26.4million people have had two jabs while 39.8m have had their first.
There have been a total of 12,431 confirmed infections with the variant, known to scientists as B1617.2, and 94 people were admitted to hospital with it last week. The report said the risk of being admitted to hospital could increase by as much as 2.6 times over the Kent variant, and people may be 70 per cent more likely to go to A&E.
That count of hospital admissions was double the week before, when 201 people went to A&E and 43 were admitted overnight. PHE said: ‘The majority of these had not been vaccinated.’
He said: ‘We always expected cases to rise as the as the country was opened up, the critical thing is the impact on the number of people who end up in hospital for any given number of cases. That link has been broken by the vaccine, but it hasn’t been completely severed yet.’
Today was the first time daily infections have risen above 6,000 since March 26, when the country was still under much stricter lockdown rules, and they are up 50 per cent compared to last week.
Government sources earlier in the week said it would give them cause for concern if daily cases were to rise above 5,000, because it would signal that the virus is growing exponentially.
England’s June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ now appears to be hanging in the balance amid the rapid spread of the highly infectious Indian variant, which is doubling in prevalence every nine days and is now the dominant strain in the country.
An Office for National Statistics report today showed weekly Covid case numbers spiked 75 per cent last week to 86,000, and SAGE estimates the R rate is definitely above one and could be as high as 1.2.
Daily Covid infections have been steadily rising since late May when there were about 2,500 a day on average and the daily seven-day average now sits at 4,147 – a rise of more than 60 per cent.
No10 this week insisted that there was still ‘nothing in the data’ that suggested the crucial unlocking this month will not go ahead, but scientists are pushing for a slight delay. Proof that jabs work will hopefully give light at the end of the tunnel and mean any extension of social distancing would only be temporary while vaccines are rolled out – earlier lockdowns had been open-ended.
Evidence that vaccines work is coming in droves now as Public Health England data showed vaccines protect well against even the new variant when people have had two doses, slashing the risk of catching the virus and being admitted to hospital by up to 93 per cent.
Figures published last night showed that just seven out of 9,427 people to have been infected with the new strain by the end of May were admitted to hospital even though they had had two doses of a vaccine (0.07 per cent).
By comparison, 90 unvaccinated people were admitted in the same time (0.95 per cent) and PHE warned in a report that the risk of admission to hospital with the new strain may be 2.6 times higher than it was for the Kent variant, meaning that people who haven’t had a jab are now at a higher risk than they were with previous strains.
The Government is scrambling to get jabs to as many people as possible and Department of Health statistics show 39.9million adults have now received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, more than three in four, and 26.7million have received both doses, more than half.