Piers Morgan has slammed Dan Walker’s BBC Breakfast interview with Matt Hancock over coronavirus testing and has called the Health Secretary to end his Good Morning Britain boycott to face ‘some proper questions’.
The no-nonsense presenter was left furious as he watched the politician explain why data regarding how many people are being tested has not been published for five weeks.
‘It just doesn’t add anything to the battle against coronavirus,’ Mr Hancock told BBC viewers. ‘It doesn’t help people to know what to do at a local level because we are several months into this fight.
‘The meaningful figure is how many tests are being conducted, where they’re being conducted and where the positive test results are.’
‘Get in there Walker, for goodness sake, man! He’s [Mr Hancock] talking complete nonsense,’ responded Piers. ‘What does he mean?’
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‘Now you’re ranting at presenters on different programmes,’ observed Susanna.
Piers hit back: ‘Because he’s getting the interviews but he won’t jump in and ask what is he talking about.
‘What could be a more important bit of data than how many people are being tested? What could possibly be more important? And then you pretend it’s meaningless.’
He later blasted: ‘It’s utterly shocking. Get back on this programme and face some proper questions.’
Earlier on the programme, Piers revealed that Mr Hancock has boycotted the ITV programme for nine weeks.
‘He’s not coming on the programme. It’s the nine-week anniversary today since the boycott of Good Morning Britain.
‘He will be talking to other programmes and we will be monitoring those and asking supplementary questions on your behalf.’
On Monday, it was reported that another 25 people have died, bringing the UK’s coronavirus death toll to 43,575.
The figure covers fatalities across all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
Since Covid-19 broke out in the UK, a total of 311,965 have tested positive for the virus.
As of yesterday morning, there have been 9,290,215 tests, of which 93,881 were carried out on Sunday.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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