SEE IT: BBC anchor flames suggestion that ‘fighters’ overcome coronavirus
More like British Burn Corporation.
BBC news anchor Emily Maitlis flamed the U.K. government Wednesday for suggesting that coronavirus patients with warrior attitudes can overcome the illness.
“You do not survive the illness through fortitude and strength of character, whatever the prime minister’s colleagues will tell us,” Maitlis said at the opening of the “Newsnight” program.
Maitlis said the idea that COVID-19 creates a level playing field across society is a “myth that needs debunking.” She noted that workers on the lower rungs of the economic ladder are more likely to contract the virus.
“This is a health issue with huge ramifications for social welfare,” the 49-year-old host said. “And it’s a welfare issue with huge ramifications for public health.”
Her scalding harangue came after Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said he was confident that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would overcome his intense coronavirus illness because he’s a “fighter.”
Johnson was moved out of intensive care Thursday after spending three nights in an ICU at a London hospital.
The count of COVID-19 cases in the U.K. has eclipsed 65,000, and the country’s death toll stood at 7,978 on Thursday, according to authorities.