GOOD Morning Britain viewers had been livid as presenter Sean Fletcher stated “solely” six kids with out underlying situations have died from Covid within the UK.
The presenter was citing a Telegraph article printed on December 28, which says six under-19s have died from Covid-19, based on NHS knowledge.
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Sean Fletcher alongside Charlotte Hawkins on Good Morning BritainCredit score: Rex Options
In a dialogue about faculties returning amid report variety of coronavirus infections, Sean infuriated viewers along with his wording.
He stated: “I used to be studying in The Telegraph earlier within the week that solely six below 19s who do not have underlying well being points have died of Covid.
“Solely six of them. That ties in with what [former Home Secretary] Jacqui [Smith] is saying – faculties have to be open, kids should not be punished for a factor that’s effecting the older technology extra. Individuals like me.”
The paper states within the article: “Solely six below 19s with no underlying situations died from Covid-19 in England.”
The panel mentioned faculties re-openingCredit score: GMB/ITV
Viewers had been livid with the assertion, with one individual saying: “*Solely* six kids have died…terrible factor to say. Upset face
And the way about kids spreading it to others particularly with this new pressure. Werent they tremendous spreaders not way back. [sic.]”
One other added: “GMB Presenter “ONLY 6 below 16s have died.” Nicely thats okay then. Should be an excellent consolation to the dad and mom of the 1 12 months outdated that died final week. What number of aged have died from contact with contaminated below 16s?”
A 3rd remarked: “@GMB solely six kids have died from COVID I actually hope the dad and mom of them ONLY SIX aren’t watching you this morning #goodmoringbritain #GMB”
A fourth stated: “Pure idiocy. It’s not that kids die from Covid. It’s that they catch it and unfold it to individuals who then die. If a information programme can’t get even this proper we’ve zero probability of getting out of this #GMB”
This comes days after the researchers on the London Faculty of Hygiene and Tropical Medication stated the brand new mutant pressure of the virus could be more likely to affect children.
They discovered that the brand new pressure of the virus is 56 per cent extra infectious – and that even with one other nationwide lockdown, it could be troublesome to get the R price down.
Their research additionally discovered that infections had been “unlikely” to go down except faculties and universities closed.
The brand new mutant pressure is regarded as extra infectious
The virus variant will result in a wave of coronavirus circumstances and deaths that may peak in spring 2021 for London, the South East and east of England, based on scientists.
And so they stated that circumstances and deaths will peak in summer time 2021 for the remainder of the nation.
Nonetheless, researchers do not imagine the brand new pressure is extra lethal or can be extra extreme in both adults or kids.
Coronavirus is most rampant among secondary faculty kids, based on figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
However all through the pandemic, kids have had far fewer cases on the whole in comparison to adults.
That is regarded as due to how the Covid enters human cells – by way of a receptor known as ACE2 which is discovered on many cells within the higher respiratory tract.
The Oxford vaccine has been accredited
Because the nation faces the rising circumstances, the general public was given a glimmer of hope this morning after Oxford University’s Covid vaccine was approved.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stated the vaccine will assist Britain out of the pandemic by spring, as circumstances surge throughout the nation.
The UK has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine – sufficient to vaccinate 50 million folks.
Together with the 30 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, Britain now has sufficient doses ordered to vaccinate your entire inhabitants, Mr Hancock stated.