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Piers Morgan reveals he’s been threatened with hanging and sent death threats after calling for national lockdown

PIERS Morgan revealed he's been threatened with hanging and sent death threats after calling for a national lockdown.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 55, took to Twitter to ask "Covidiots" who believe in "insane conspiracy theories" to unfollow him.

However, Piers' request sparked an incredibly hostile response, with one person even threatening him with hanging.

The star's first Tweet read: "Can all Covidiots please just unfollow me and f**k off. This 2nd wave is extremely serious & I'm not interested in your insane conspiracy theories, your dumb fake charts, your 'proof' that covid's 'not as bad as the flu' - or any of your ignorant abusive garbage."

In response, someone said: "Once we have come for the government we will come for you #TickTock" followed by a photo of a noose.

Piers tweeted: "Awww, now the death threats. cc @TwitterUK"

He then updated his followers with: "UPDATE: Covidiots are still following me, & still spewing their conspiracy cr*p and abuse. So sadly, I now have to move to full (permanent) lockdown & block them all."

Piers Morgan has consistently chastised the government for not doing enough in their Covid response and insists we need stricter lockdown measures to control the spread of the virus.

The presenter has clashed with eldest son Spencer multiple times due to their opposing lockdown beliefs.

He also branded Denise Welch a "Covidiot" for her beliefs that the government is "fear mongering" over coronavirus.

The threats come as the R rate - which measures the number of people an infected person will pass Covid-19 on to - is estimated to be at 1.6 nationally.

It's based on data from more than 85,000 swab tests taken between October 16 and 25 - with some as recent as last Sunday.

The largest infection survey shows cases are continuing to rise in all regions and across all age groups.

Scientists leading the study at Imperial College London warn the epidemic is at a "critical stage" with stronger measures necessary to bring the outbreak under control.

It shows 128 people in every 10,000 now have the deadly bug - equal to 960,000.

This is up from a rate of 60 per 10,000 less than one month ago.

Cases are now doubling every nine days nationwide, with 96,000 new cases every day, according to the REACT-1 study.

Currently the government has implemented a three tiered lockdown strategy to try and contain the virus.

Tier One lockdown - for medium risk areas - must observe social distancing and the "rule of six". There's also a 10pm curfew.

In Tier Two (high risk), household mixing is banned indoors, including pubs and restaurants. They may mix outdoors.

Then in Tier Three (very high risk), households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors.

Also, pubs and bars will close unless they can operate as a restaurant.

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid avoid social distancing and 'kiss' with the help of their new split-screen positioning

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