Kate Garraway has hit out at health secretary Matt Hancock, after he was seen out without wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Kate, who was hosting the show alongside Ranvir Singh, criticised Mr Hancock for sending out a ‘terrible message’ by not sporting a protective covering over his nose and mouth.
He was recently pictured sitting in the back of a car without a mask.
Face masks are currently mandatory across the UK in public spaces, on public transport, within shops and in bars, pubs and restaurants unless you are sat eating or drinking.
Admitting that she can fall victim to forgetting to wear one, Kate said she ‘didn’t want to pass judgement’, but feels Mr Hancock should be setting an example.
‘When we leave here… so many times, even I who is unbelievably cautious and aware of things, will get into the car and the driver will be like, “Kate, your mask,” and I go, “Oh gosh,” I’d forgotten,”‘ she said.
‘So we don’t want to pass judgement, but you’d think somebody would remind him because that is a terrible message.’
Her co-host Ranvir insisted that you feel ‘awful and embarrassed’ when you do forget to wear a face mask, with Kate responding: ‘I think we’re all getting to a point where it is very easy to feel like you’re caught out, but the stakes are so high.’
Dr Amir Khan, who is standing in for Dr Hilary Jones during half term, agreed with Kate and argued that wearing a face mask ‘should be second nature now’.
‘Matt Hancock is the health secretary, it’s really important he is seen behaving in a way we all need to be behaving,’ Dr Khan suggested.
‘We know how effective it is, countries that adopted [mask wearing] early on had lower death rates. Studies are now showing that masks protect the wearer and those around them, we have to do it… it should be second nature now.’
‘We’ve got to protect those around us,’ Dr Khan stressed.
It comes as the government is discussing the idea of enforcing a lockdown circuit breaker that would see the UK go into another national lockdown for up to three weeks in order to try and control the spread of Covid-19.
Coronavirus cases have been increasing, with there now over 700,000 confirmed cases in the UK and the number of deaths has reached over 43,700.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.