Piers suggested restrictions be lifted for those who have been jabbed (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
On the day the country was supposed to open back up on so-called Freedom Day, Piers Morgan has shared his belief those who have had both Covid-19 jabs should be allowed to enjoy their freedom once more.
There were hopes all social contact rules could be lifted in two weeks’ time after Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised a Covid-19 review when he delayed June 21.
However, it’s also been suggested that despite some experts advising it was safe to do so, England’s Freedom Day will not be brought forward to July 5.
And that has got Piers fuming.
The former Good Morning Britain star – who has been critical of the government throughout the pandemic – said now we have vaccines as well as testing systems, the country should open back up.
He wrote on Twitter today: ‘I’ve supported lockdowns as the only way to suppress covid without efficient testing systems or vaccines.
‘But now we have both, fully vaccinated people should get their freedom back again from July 19.’
After he was questioned by a follower about what happens to those who haven’t received their full Covid-vaccination, musing whether ‘we throw them in a cave or something’, Piers insisted those who refuse the vaccine can be thrown in the cave.
The journalist replied: ‘Those with legitimate medical reasons not to be jabbed must continue to take care, and be given due care.
‘Anti-vaxxers can be thrown in a cave, yes.’
It comes despite an expert saying vaccine data is looking ‘very encouraging’, as more than 81% of adults have their first coronavirus jab and 59% are fully immunised.
Prof Brendan Wren, an expert in vaccinology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said on Sunday: ‘I think if the numbers continue to be promising then I think there’s great hope that we could open up on July 5.’
Other scientists remain cautious, with one even warning the public could still face winter lockdowns.
Last week it was confirmed the R rate is currently between 1.2 and 1.4, meaning every 10 infected people will go on to infect another 12 to 14 people.
When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially but when it is below 1, it means the virus is in retreat.
The last time England had a range of 1.2 and 1.4 was in October, when the second wave was starting to pick up, however in a promising sign, some the R rate in some parts of the country is now as low as 1.