Lord Alan Sugar said today that the UK should lift the lockdowns because no one he knows died of a coronavirus.
The apprentice star has been living with his wife in Florida for six months during the lockout.
Appearing on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine this morning, Lord Sugar said it might be time for the UK to “follow the example” of America, France or Spain – countries who opened restaurants and cafes.
Lord Sugar pictured left, with his wife Ann Simons in 2017 and right, purchasing a plane in Florida. He has been living with his wife in Florida for six months during the lockout
The 73-year-old said, “Look, I’m not a doctor and I don’t want to give medical advice and all that.
“The only thing I can say is that I have been here in Florida for six months and so I went through the crisis, the shortage of respirators, the lack of masks available, the lack of body clothes available, the hospital beds being full, blah blah blah, blah blah blah, blah, blah, blah.
“And I saw the transition from opening restaurants, for example tennis courts, golf clubs, 50% restaurants, shops open all the time, quite honestly.
“This has been going on for six weeks, and so I’m just saying logically, wait, six weeks, we got out of this so-called lock, who died?
‘I’m not. I am still alive. Thank goodness my wife is still alive. Everyone too, I know him.
He continued, “No one else caught anything. So I guess it’s a hint that we may have peaked and maybe it’s time for us to follow the example of America or France, which have opened up, or even from Spain.
“I think Prime Minister Johnson unfortunately had a problem himself and I think he is a little too careful if you ask me, just a little. “
Social media users reacted to the interview, with some describing the comments as “rude” and “deaf”.
Lord Alan Sugar, pictured above on Jeremy Vine of Channel 5, said today that the UK should lift the lockdowns because no one he knew has died from coronavirus
A Twitter user said, “Well, I’m glad Covid didn’t touch you personally, maybe if you lost a loved one, you wouldn’t be so free with your rude comments. “
Another posted: “Who died ???? Over 42k people died !! I am sure their families are suffering enough without you rejecting the death of their loved one!
“How are you absolutely deaf to the whole nation?!? “
A third added, “I like LS, but he hasn’t lived in the UK while this is happening, so he can hardly comment.”
As a result, Boris Johnson said doctors were ready to announce his death while fighting coronavirus in April.
Social media users reacted to Lord Sugar’s interview with Jeremy Vine from Channel 5, with some describing the comments as “rude” and “deaf”
The Prime Minister spent three nights in intensive care in St Thomas, London, where he said doctors gave him “liters and liters of oxygen.”
Meanwhile, estimates from King’s College’s COVID Symptom Tracker app suggest that the number of people infected in Britain has dropped by a quarter in just one week.
The researchers, in collaboration with health technology company ZOE, collected symptoms and test reports from one million British citizens.
Last week, they used this data to estimate that there were 4,942 people catching the virus every day in Britain, and today they said it seemed to have dropped 26.9% to 3,612 This figure was over 11,000 a day a month ago.
Almost all of these new infections – 3,391 – are occurring in England, the team said, as well as 118 a day in Wales and 102 a day in Scotland.
The estimate does not include Northern Ireland or nursing homes, where the virus is still expected to spread, which means that the real rate could be much higher.