Today’s Good Morning Britain saw Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid joined by a number of guests to chat about the current health crisis as coronavirus grips the nation. However, one person who did not join the presenters was Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
Piers took to Twitter to comment on Mr Dowden’s absence from the show as he apologised to viewers.
“I would like to sincerely apologise to all Good Morning Britain viewers for the Culture Secretary @OliverDowden refusing to come on @GMB today to discuss coronavirus.
“He did other shows but didn’t deem you important enough to inform about the latest govt policy re the health crisis.”
On Good Morning Britain, Piers also noted Prime Minister Boris Johnson was yet to come onto the show.
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Mr Dowden did appear on rival breakfast show BBC Breakfast as he insisted the UK is not yet planning to cancel events due to coronavirus.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast viewers, he said: “I think all of this is quite premature at this stage.
“We are not anywhere near that sort of stage.
“Any decision will be taken on the basis of the facts and the evidence but we are very clear, at this stage we are still in the contain phase that means there is no need to cancel such events, there is no reason for people not to go to sporting events, to museums and so on.
“The one thing people should keep on doing is to wash their hands for 20 seconds, that is the number one thing that everyone can do, that is the most important thing for people to be doing.”
Meanwhile, Piers and Susanna were joined by former editor of the Daily Star, Dawn Neesom.
Dawn told the panel to “keep calm, wash your hands, and carry on,” during the coronavirus outbreak.
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She added she felt the media were exacerbating things with their headlines about “bodies piling up”.
However, Piers didn’t agree with Dawn as he hit back: “You don’t know what you’re talking about!”
As Dawn insisted the public should stay calm, Piers raged: “It’s about telling people the reality.
“This is actually happening. What is going on in Italy… this is a serious crisis.”
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Piers continued: “It’s not about manning up!
“If you look at what’s happening in Italy, we are now seeing a catastrophe – in terms of a health crisis – unfurling.”
Dawn hit back: “It is not a catastrophe, you’re talking worst-case scenario.”
“They are piling up in Italy – they are! nearly 300 people have died!” Piers slammed.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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