Piers Morgan says UK borders 'should've been better protected'
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, 55, admitted he had spent Christmas in Antigua, but insisted he complied with the rules at the time. His admission comes after a Twitter user asked him which countries he thinks has handled the coronavirus pandemic “properly”
The Govt said travel abroad from Tier 3 was allowed if people went straight to the airport
Sharing his thoughts, the presenter said: “NZ, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Iceland, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and yes, China.”
When queried about Antigua, he added: “Antigua, like all the Caribbean islands, has handled the pandemic very well thanks to strict border control and a law-observant population. Just 169 cases in total & 5 deaths.”
Twitter users then asked him about his visit to the Caribbean island at Christmas.
Politics site Media Guido queried his actions as they highlighted the Government advice has been to only travel if essential.
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They wrote: “Government advice in December was not to travel unless it was essential.
“Piers was publicly calling for Christmas to be cancelled and tougher restrictions.
“He flew to Antigua first class on Virgin before Christmas Day.”
Hitting back in view of his seven million followers, he wrote: “Hi Guido, Happy New Year.
“1) The Govt said travel abroad from Tier 3 was allowed if people went straight to the airport.
“2) I didn’t call for Christmas to be cancelled.
“3) I haven’t flown on Virgin for a year.
“4) I last flew First Class in February. Otherwise, spot on!”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Piers for further comment.
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But, the Twitter user wanted further answers and asked why he considered his trip to be essential travel, to which Piers is yet to respond to.
At the time, the Government said Tier 3 residents should avoid travelling out of the area unless it’s for work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring responsibilities.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps later said travelling abroad would be allowed in the same tier “if you’re going straight to an airport”.
Back in November, Piers queried the Government’s previous advice on allowing three households to mix over the festive period.
He wrote: “Covid-19 doesn’t give a flying f*ck about Christmas. If we have to make compromises this year, so be it.
“We can still attend virtual church services, & still have virtual meals with all the trimmings.
“The vaccines are coming fast, let’s save as many lives as possible until then.”
The Government later made a U-turn on their allowance as coronavirus cases continued to soar.
Prime Minister has since announced a third lockdown in England.
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