Matthew Wright has hit out at the imminent delay to lockdown easing during an exasperated appearance on This Morning, saying ‘it’s doing my head in’.
The presenter was talking as England’s June 21 ‘freedom day’ looks set to be postponed, with the full easing of social-distancing restrictions not going ahead as hoped.
It has been widely reported the government will opt for a four week delay, meaning the easing would happen no sooner than July 19.
The presenter argued that with numbers of coronavirus deaths and infections still relatively low, restrictions should be lifted in order to support the hospitality industry and get back to normality.
‘I’m finding it quite difficult to process at the moment,’ he said. ‘[There’s] 1000-odd people in hospital. Eight deaths. The whole country promised that we were heading for this date. This is what’s doing my head in.’
Matthew didn’t hold back on This Morning (Picture: ITV)
‘I feel exactly the same, obviously,’ Phillip said.
‘It just feels very, very difficult,’ Matthew went on to say. ‘If it moves back four weeks, there’s no reason that it won’t move back again and again.
‘I don’t know what we’re aiming for. We don’t want the hospitals overwhelmed, but 1000 people in hospital with covid doesn’t sound like the NHS is close to being overwhelmed.’
Fellow guest Julia Hartley-Brewer also took issue with the events at the G7 over the weekend, which saw more than the designated 30 people gathered outside for a BBQ in Cornwall.
The date of lockdown easing is expected to be pushed back a month, but the Prime Minister recently refused to rule out a delay of more than four weeks.
If a delay is confirmed, it means nightclubs will remain closed, mask wearing will continue in public places and working from home advice will stay in place.
This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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