Lord Sugar claims UK is ready to end lockdown because nobody he knows has died

Lord Alan Sugar has claimed it’s time for the UK to come out lockdown because nobody he knows has died. 

The Apprentice star has spent the lockdown period in Florida with his wife, where lockdown restrictions have eased to allow bars, cinemas, gyms and casinos to reopen. 

And appearing via video link on Jeremy Vine, the 73-year-old claimed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being ‘too cautious’ about lifting restrictions because of his own experience with coronavirus.

Lord Sugar told Vine: ‘Look, I’m not a doctor and I don’t want to be giving medical advice and all that stuff. The only thing I can say is that I have been here in Florida for six months and so I have lived through the crisis, the shortage of ventilators, the no masks available, the no body wear available, the hospital beds being full up, blah blah blah, blah blah blah, blah blah blah. 

‘And I have now seen the transition of restaurants opening, tennis courts for example opening, golf clubs opening, restaurants opening 50% capacity… shops have been open all of the time, quite honestly and this has been going on now for six weeks, and so I just logically say, well hold on, six weeks, we’ve come out of this so called lockdown…

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‘Who’s dead? I’m not. I’m still alive. My wife, thank God, is still alive. So’s everybody else I know. No one else has caught anything.’

The businessman continued: ‘So, I suppose it is a bit of a clue there that says that maybe we have reached a peak. And maybe it’s time for us to follow the example of America, or indeed France that have opened up or indeed Spain. 

‘I think Prime Minister Johnson unfortunately had a problem himself and I think he’s being a little bit too cautious if you ask me, just slightly.’

In Florida, there have been 82,000 cases of coronavirus and over 3,000 deaths, and on Tuesday, the state marked a record one-day increase of 2,783 new cases.

In the US as a whole, there have been 2.2 million confirmed cases and over 119,000 deaths. 

Viewers slammed Lord Sugar’s comments on the pandemic, accusing him of being insensitive and ‘tone deaf’.

One person replied on Twitter: ‘We buried my mate a few weeks ago. Well, his wife did, we couldn’t go because of restrictions, you absolute melon.’

Another tweeted: ‘Who’s dead???? 42k plus people have died!! I’m sure their families are suffering enough without you dismissing their loved ones death! How absolutely tone [deaf] are you to the whole nation?!?’, while a separate reply read: ‘”It’s inconveniencing me, and I’ve not lost anyone, so let’s get back to normal” Tells you everything you need to know about him.’

In the UK, over 42,000 people have died while nearly 300,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.

Lockdown began on 23 March, with all schools, childcare facilities, bars, pubs and restaurants closed and people advised to only go outside for food shopping, exercising, providing care and for medical issues. 

In the current phase, people can meet outdoors in groups of six and households containing one adult can form a support bubble with another household, while high street shops, including Primark, Pret A Manger and Gregg’s, have begun to reopen. 

However, while many are returning to work, people are still advised to work from home where possible and if they are returning to work, they are advised to drive, walk or cycle rather than take public transport. 

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