Piers Morgan has branded Boris Johnson “shameless” over his national address last night.
During the speech, Mr Johnson urged Brits to work from home if they can and explained pubs, bars and restaurants will now have a 10pm curfew.
What did Boris Johnson say during his national address?
The PM said: “I am more certain than ever that this is a struggle that humanity will win, and we in this country will win.
“When the sickness took hold in this country in March, we pulled together in a spirit of national sacrifice and community.
“We followed the guidance to the letter. We stayed at home, protected the NHS, and saved thousands of lives.”
However, he added: “While the vast majority have complied with the rules there have been too many breaches.
“Too many opportunities for our invisible enemy to slip through undetected.”
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers took issue with Mr Johnson’s address.
Piers Morgan hits back
Writing on Twitter, the star wrote: “BREAKING: Boris Johnson just boasted of ‘succeeding’ in the first wave of coronavirus & ‘saving 1000s of lives’.
“This is a disgusting lie. He failed so badly we had the worst casualty toll in Europe with 65,000 excess deaths.
BREAKING: Boris Johnson just boasted of ‘succeeding’ in the first wave of coronavirus & ‘saving 1000s of lives’.
This is a disgusting lie.
He failed so badly we had the worst casualty toll in Europe with 65,000 excess deaths. He’s so unutterably, sickeningly shameless. pic.twitter.com/FEizAlrIqI
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 22, 2020
“He’s so unutterably, sickeningly shameless.”
What did Piers Morgan fans say?
Fans were divided over Piers’ tweet, with some supporting the prime minister.
He’s so unutterably, sickeningly shameless.
One said: “You never stop. Boris was saying that it was successful in suppressing the first wave.”
Another added: “Sorry but how many has he saved? The rules did reduce the wave.
“Could have been over 100k. Do you not get this Piers?”
However, others agreed with Piers as one wrote: “Utter rubbish, he knows and we know lockdown came far too late.”
One tweeted: “Every one of us deserves so much better than this, especially in a global pandemic.”
Meanwhile, during his address, Mr Johnson set out a “package of tougher measures” in England.
What are the new coronavirus restrictions and rules?
These include early closing for pubs and bars, table service only and closing businesses that aren’t COVID secure.
Boris Johnson urges Brits to take action now
In addition, the use of face coverings is expanded and new fines for those that fail to comply.
He added: “Once again asking office workers to work from home if they can while enforcing the rule of six indoors and outdoors.
“To those who say we don’t need this stuff, and we should leave people to take their own risks, I say these risks are not our own.
“For that minority who may continue to flout the rules, we will enforce those rules with tougher penalties and fines of up to £10,000.”
Mr Johnson concluded: “If we follow these simple rules together, we will get through this winter together. There are unquestionably difficult months to come.
“And the fight against COVID is by no means over. I have no doubt, however, that there are great days ahead.
“But now is the time for us all to summon the discipline, and the resolve, and the spirit of togetherness that will carry us through.”
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