PIERS MORGAN has condemned Boris Johnson’s approach to tackling the coronavirus in the UK and accused the Prime Minister of “doing nothing” to keep Britons safe from the deadly disease.
Piers Morgan has shared a chart on social media illustrating the lack of preventative measures taken by the Prime Minister to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Good Morning Britain host posted a graphic on Twitter comparing the actions of the UK Government against major countries around the world including the US, France and Italy. The image highlighted the lack of action by the Westminster Government compared to 11 other nations who have been affected by the outbreak.
The graphic showed Britain as the only nation not to put restrictions on any of the following; which included schools, restaurants, sporting events, mass gatherings, travel restrictions or domestic lockdown.
Mr Morgan wrote: “Britain is now the ONLY country doing NOTHING to fight the coronavirus with social distancing. Why?”
The coronavirus has infected more than 125,000 people around the world with more than 4,600 deaths.
In the UK, 596 people have tested positive for the virus and the death toll stands at 10.
At a press conference on Thurday afternoon the Prime Minister declared the coronavirus the “worst public health crisis for a generation”.
Mr Johnson said families would continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, said the actual number of people infected in the UK at the moment could be between 5,000 and 10,000.
The Government said it would not move to close schools yet as the evidence for its effectiveness is lacking, though this will be kept under review.
It is also considering banning large events, mostly due to the burden such events place on vital public services.
Mr Johnson said: “We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.
“It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public, many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.”
He also urged people with even mild coronavirus symptoms, including a continuous cough or high temperature, to stay at home for at least seven days.
Sir Patrick said the medical strategy is to “suppress” the virus and reduce its peak level.
He said: “That is exactly the risk you would expect from previous epidemics.
“If you suppress something very, very hard, when you release those measures it bounces back and it bounces back at the wrong time.
“Our aim is to try and reduce the peak, broaden the peak, not suppress it completely; also, because the vast majority of people get a mild illness, to build up some kind of herd immunity so more people are immune to this disease and we reduce the transmission, at the same time we protect those who are most vulnerable to it.
“Those are the key things we need to do.”
This afternoon football’s Governing bodies took action into their own hands and announced all matches would be suspended until next month.
The Premier League announced all matches will be suspended until April 4.
The English Football League (EFL) said all Championship, League One and League Two games would be postponed until April 3 at the earliest.