Denise Welch clashes with Piers Morgan over ‘COVID sceptic’ comments

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Denise Welch and Piers Morgan have differing views on COVID rules. (Getty Images)
Denise Welch and Piers Morgan have differing views on COVID rules. (Getty Images)

Denise Welch has hit back at Piers Morgan claiming that people who don't agree with lockdown are COVID-sceptic.

Both TV stars have voiced strong opinions over the coronavirus pandemic, with broadcaster Morgan often taking the Government to task over their handling of the crisis and appearing to break their own rules, while the Loose Women star has argued that lockdown restrictions were too extreme.

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Their differing viewpoints have led to online clashes before and in their latest Twitter row, Welch has called out Morgan for labelling people who didn't agree with lockdown as being "COVID-sceptic".

As he tweeted his outrage about the photos of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appearing to attend a party in his Downing Street garden during the first lockdown which banned such gatherings, Morgan wrote: "The worst thing about all these illicit Downing Street parties is they will make covid sceptics and anti-lockdowners feel vindicated in their suspicions that the virus was never that dangerous or why would the people running the country all be ignoring the rules so brazenly?"

But Welch disagreed with him as she hit back: "Anti lockdowners are not Covid sceptics Piers. We are people who knew that such drastic action would cause horrendous collateral damage as it has. We also knew that Covid although desperately serious for some was not to most people as reflected in the govts blatant lack of fear."

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Denise Welch attends the British LGBT Awards 2021 at The Brewery on August 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Denise Welch has said she felt lockdown restrictions were too strict. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The pair had previously fallen out in 2020 when Welch called for people to stop "scaremongering" about COVID, leading Morgan to brand her a "COVID-denier".

He tweeted: "Dumb, deluded & dangerous Covid-deniers like Denise Welch need to stop being given airtime.

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"Her idiotic, ill-informed ramblings – from a woman who never stops telling us that she suffers from mental illness – will cost lives by persuading people to think the virus isn’t a threat."

However, she replied: "Please ask Mr Morgan to show me one tweet, one interview where I have denied Covid?

"He doesn’t want to be telling complete and utter lies with such a huge following. Seriously."

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