The outspoken presenter accused the Minister of Care of laughing as he ran the front page of a newspaper highlighting the dreaded death of 4,000 residents of nursing homes.
Furious Piers shouted, “I don’t know why you laugh. It is serious. “
Ms. Whately vehemently denied the laughter and explained that her reaction was due to not being able to see what he was showing her.
The couple entered a heated row when the Minister of Care was unable to respond to the number of deceased health care workers – then called them to “laugh” a second time.
Piers said, “I’m telling you what’s really important, you’re answering direct questions. Why are you laughing? What do you find funny about this?
Standing up, Ms. Whately replied, “I don’t think it’s funny at all. I’m not laughing at all.
“Please don’t suggest a minute that I laugh. I feel like you are yelling at me and not giving me a chance to respond. “
After facing more control, Piers later accused the Minister of Care of laughing for the third time.
” Why are you laughing? What do you find funny? I don’t understand, ”remarked Piers.
When Ms. Whately insisted that she was not laughing, Piers added, “You literally just laughed again. “
At the end of this animated interview, Piers said: “Here is my suggestion for you, you go after this interview and find out how many health care workers died on the front lines.
“I think it’s the least you can do as a government. Keep an up-to-date record of the number of people dying on the police line. “
This comes as the government faces angry questions at the forgotten victims of Covid-19 in nursing homes across the country.
Official figures yesterday showed that 217 deaths from coronaviruses in nursing homes were registered until April 3.
But a Conservative minister admitted yesterday that the figure was much higher – saying it was “around 1,000”.
And reports in the Daily Mail today suggest that 4,000 residents of nursing homes may have died.
So far, only the first five symptomatic residents in a nursing home have been tested – just to confirm if there was an epidemic.
And yesterday No10 admitted that 505 social service workers had been tested for Covid-19, compared to nearly 50,000 NHS workers and their families.
Today, the government has finally promised Covid-19 tests to all nursing home staff and residents who need them.
All nursing home residents and social care staff with symptoms of Covid-19 will be tested for the virus as capacity increases.
Tests will also be provided to all potential residents before they are discharged from the hospital.
But time is short for the government to reach its goal of 100,000 tests a day in two weeks – the average has been around 15,000.
* Good Morning Britain aired on weekdays on ITV at 6 a.m.