Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, 55, took to Twitter to tell fans he has tested negative for coronavirus after developing possible symptoms. The broadcaster has not appeared on the ITV show for two days running.
Piers has since reacted to a social media user who accused him of not being an “essential key worker” as some vulnerable people around the UK have not been able to be tested.
In a now deleted tweet, one frustrated follower wrote: “My daughter is a nurse – she’s an essential worker.”
In view of his 7.4 million followers, Piers replied: “Your daughter is an infinitely more essential worker than me.
“I was drawing no equivalence, just explaining the Govt’s designated all journalists & broadcasters covering the coronavirus crisis as essential workers too, which is why we can get a test if we show symptoms.”(sic)
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It comes after Piers informed his followers he was taking time off GMB for the foreseeable future after coming down with COVID-like symptoms over the weekend.
“On medical advice, and out of an abundance of caution for a mild symptom that arose in the past 48hrs, I’ve had a test for COVID-19 and so won’t be working on @GMB until I get the result back, which should be tomorrow,” he tweeted on Sunday evening.
Piers later let his followers know: “My COVID-19 test was negative. I was advised to take the test by my doctor after developing possible coronavirus symptoms, and was entitled to do so as a Govt-designated essential worker. I’ll be back on @GMB as soon as my doctor advises I’m OK to return to work.”
Piers was replaced on the ITV show by his colleague Ben Shephard, who co-hosted with Susanna Reid today and Monday.
Speaking this morning, the latter addressed her co-host’s absence as well as his health.
“We are happy to report that Piers tested negative for coronavirus, however he is still under the weather,” she explained.
Dr Hilary responded to the news, saying: “For him and his family, we’re relieved too. It’s really good news for anyone that tests negative for COVID-19.
“Piers had some symptoms that were suggestive so it’s really good that he was able to have that test and that it was negative, so we wish him a quick and swift recovery. He’ll be there quite soon, I imagine.”
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Susanna added: “Yes, best wishes to you.”
Ben quipped: “Yes, sooner the better. I’m getting quite tired already and it’s only day two, quite frankly!”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also offered well wishes to Piers, who has been vocal about the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
He previously tweeted: “Sorry to see @PiersMorgan has symptoms of coronavirus. If you test positive, I sincerely hope it’s mild. Get well soon.”
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Piers took the opportunity to thank Matt for his kind words, as he posted the message on his Instagram.
He penned: “Thank you Health Secretary, I appreciate your concern,” followed by a thumbs up emoji.
The TV star is yet to confirm when he will be making a return to GMB.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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