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The Good Morning Britain presenter took to Twitter to demand people compromise with virtual church services and meals. He argued that with a vaccine just around the corner, as many lives as possible should be saved.
Morgan tweeted: “Covid-19 doesn’t give a flying f**k about Christmas.
“If we have to make compromises this year, so be it.
“We can still attend virtual church services, and still have virtual meals with all the trimmings.
“The vaccines are coming fast, let’s save as many lives as possible until then.”
The GMB presenter’s tweet sparked a mixed reaction from other Twitter users.
One commented: “For ONCE I agree with you!”
Another replied “I totally agree with you.
“I think some people have got used to the daily death figures. It’s very shortsighted.
“More people will die, lose their jobs etc. Family are for life, not just Christmas.”
A third wrote: “Halting a lockdown for families to spend 5 days with vulnerable Granny & Grandma at Xmas sounds ludicrous to me!
“Am I missing something but potentially passing this virus to them is the last thing we should do. I don’t get it?”
Another said: “If we miss one Xmas so someone can see another then so be it.”
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But one commented: “You’ve become soooooo boring Piers Give it rest.”
And another added: “There’s no chance anyone is stopping me from seeing my mum at Christmas. Absolutely zero possibility of that happening.”
Earlier this week, Morgan said the UK should “be in this together” and accept the coronavirus pandemic may not allow them to “gorge on Turkey” this year.
His tweet comes as Downing Street has said plans for the replacement for England’s lockdown and proposals to ease restrictions over Christmas would be set out next week.
A No 10 spokesman said: “We obviously keep the case numbers under review and we will continue to do so going into next week when we will set out more details of the next phase, post-December 2.”
Scientists have suggested that every day of relaxed measures over Christmas would require five days of tougher restrictions to compensate.
The No 10 spokesman pointed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s view that “whilst Christmas will be a little bit different from normal this year, we continue to hope to ensure that families can spend Christmas together”.
Meanwhile, a Government scientific adviser has warned there is “far too much emphasis” on having a normal festive period.
Andrew Hayward, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at University College London (UCL) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said the country was “on the cusp” of being able to vaccinate older people and it would be “tragic” to throw away the progress made in combatting coronavirus.
Prof Hayward told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Mixing at Christmas does pose substantial risks, particularly in terms of bringing together generations with high incidence of infection with the older generations who currently have much lower levels of infection and are at most risk of dying if they catch Covid.
“My personal view is we’re putting far too much emphasis on having a near-normal Christmas.
“We know respiratory infections peak in January so throwing fuel on the fire over Christmas can only contribute to this.”
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