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Piers Morgan challenges Brandon Lewis over UK having ‘worst COVID death in the world’

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A furious Piers Morgan demanded answers from Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on why the UK has ‘the worst COVID death rate in the world’ for the past week. Piers and Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid had been talking about the success of the nationwide vaccine rollout so far when they were joined by…

A furious Piers Morgan demanded answers from Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on why the UK has ‘the worst COVID death rate in the world’ for the past week.

Piers and Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid had been talking about the success of the nationwide vaccine rollout so far when they were joined by the MP.

And, having seen the Government boast about how well they were doing with the vaccine, the presenters wanted to know why the death rate was so high, with the UK topping the standings for the seven day average of new daily COVID deaths per million people, ahead of the likes of the Czech Republic and Portugal, with Slovakia, Lithuania and Sweden also high on the list.

Piers said to him: “As a Government who have spent the last three weeks giving us direct comparisons on the vaccine. You’ve got every right to say we’re doing very well but please don’t tell me you’re not in the business of direct comparisons!

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“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask why we have the worst death rate in the world.”

Lewis replied: “These are different things of course Piers. The vaccine rollout is a huge success, not just for the Government to be proud of but as a country…”

Jumping in, Piers ranted told him: “I want to talk to you about the death rate! You talk out about international comparisons all the time in relation to the vaccine performance, it is legitimate to ask you about why we have the worst death rate in the world and you can’t just bat that question away by saying you don’t want to give international comparisons, because you do when it suits you.”


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Again, refusing to give a direct answer Lewis responded: “Every single death is one too many; it’s an utter tragedy. We all pretty much know someone now who have been affected one way or another.”

Interrupting again, a frustrated Piers asked: “Why do we have the worst death rate in the world?!”

Susanna asked: “Is it because we’re slow on testing? Is it because we were slow on introducing social distancing?” before Piers chimed in: “Is it because we didn’t lockdown hard enough or early enough?”

Lewis replied: “It’s too early to do those kinds of comparisons,” but Piers fired back: “Sorry, I’m really sorry, but you can’t all come on this programme every morning and boast about how well we’re doing in comparison to other countries with the vaccine and then refuse to be challenged on why we’re doing so badly on death rate.”

Lewis responded: “I’m not refusing to be challenged at all. The death rates are impacted in a different way,” adding: “You can’t do direct comparisons to the rest of the world in different seasons, in different stages of the virus and with different strains of the virus as well. You just can’t do that at the moment.

An angry Piers hit back: “In the case shut up about the vaccine then! Stop taking credit if you are going to refuse to get into international comparisons on death rate. You can’t have it both ways!”

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