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Piers Morgan calls self ‘covidiot’ for violating Covid-19 rule


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Good Morning Britain presenter, Piers Morgan, has called himself a ‘covidiot’ after violating a COVID-19 rule.

Mr Morgan made the claim after a follower accused him of “making excuses” for not wearing a face mask.

Recall that following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the use of face masks became mandatory even in taxis or private hire vehicles.

He tweeted: “I haven’t made an excuse, I just explained what happened. I’m guilty as charged. For a few seconds, I was a Covidiot & I deserve the full wrath of Twitter hell to now descend on me.”

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Mr Morgan was, however, backed by colleague, Dr Hilary who said: “You did not do it deliberately, you forgot!

“The critical thing is to be thinking you forgot it and then do it.”

Meanwhile, Mr Morgan had apologised after breaking Covid-19 rules this weekend.

He was pictured in a taxi on Saturday night without a face mask, following a date night with wife Celia in London – which is currently in Tier 2.

The GMB presenter, 55, addressed the blunder on air this morning, explaining: “As I pulled away I realised what I had done – I had forgotten my mask. I do think masks matter and I got caught without one.

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“I had two [masks] in my pockets but I was chatting to the paps!”

On Sunday morning, Piers also tweeted about the incident, apologising for his mistake.

“I put my mask on seconds after this pic was taken, as the cab moved off.. I should have done it before I got in but ironically, I was chatting to the paparazzi & I forgot,” he tweeted.

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“It was outside in the street. Ironically, the paparazzi were telling me they’ve been having a tough time financially during the pandemic.

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“Looks I’ve been able to help them out today with my few seconds of forgetfulness. So, every cloud etc.

“I did breach Covid rules for a few seconds by forgetting to put my mask on before I got in the cab.

“Fortunately, I remembered as we pulled away & put it on. Masks help save lives, so it’s very important we all remember to wear them when we should.”

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