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Piers Morgan criticises ‘sickeningly shameless’ Boris Johnson over national address

The Prime Minister revealed the latest coronavirus restrictions last night

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Piers Morgan has branded Boris Johnson “shameless” over his national address last night.

The Prime Minister set out new coronavirus restrictions for England during a televised address amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.

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.

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Piers Morgan branded Boris Johnson “shameless” over his national address (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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.

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“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.

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Mr Johnson said while the “vast majority have complied with the rules” there “have been too many breaches” (Credit: YouTube/Sky News)

“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.

“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?”

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Boris Johnson set out new coronavirus restrictions last night (Credit: YouTube/Sky News)

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.

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Brits are urged to work from home if they can and there will be 10pm curfews for pubs and bars (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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.

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“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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