During this afternoon's press briefing, Dominic Raab, who is currently deputising for Boris Johnson while he is intensive care, apologised to the British public that the lockdown measures will have to continue over the Easter weekend. The Cabinet minister said he had to cancel his usual plans, which involve his two young children going on an Easter egg hunt with their grandparents. But Piers Morgan has hit out at Mr Raab for the soft approach, and suggests the Government needs to be more firm with the public.
The broadcaster wrote on Twitter: "Dominic Raab needs to stop sounding so apologetic about the lockdown & worrying about people missing their Easter egg hunts.
"Stop offering polite advice. Be firm with the public.
"Enforce the rules hard. SAVE LIVES."
At today's press conference, Mr Raab apologised to Britons across the country for their sacrifice as he urged them to stay indoors during the Easter weekend.
Piers Morgan hit out at Dominic Raab for apologising to the public over lockdown measures
Piers Morgan criticised Dominic Raab on Twitter
He said: "We’re not done yet, we must keep going."
Mr Raab continued: "With the Easter Bank Holiday coming up, I normally spend it with my two boys, their grandparents, doing an Easter egg hunt and I know there’s going to be lots of people who would normally be planning a family get together or just a day in the sunshine with friends and loved ones.
"Unfortunately, right now, we just can’t do those sorts of things.
"And I’m really sorry about that."
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In response to Mr Morgan's Twitter rant, social media users defended the Foreign Secretary and said he was doing a good job under difficult circumstances.
One person wrote: "I’m no Raab fan but I think he’s doing a sterling job tonight. Unfair criticism."
Another user said: "I just think he’s coming across as understanding.
"Country needs to be united like he just said, not create a divide between government and the general public. That creates tension and frustration."
Mr Raab also revealed the lockdown measures will have to stay in place until scientific evidence suggests it is safe to lift them.
He said: "Let me be very clear about this – the measures will have to stay in place until we’ve got the evidence that clearly shows we’ve moved beyond the peak.
"I know these restrictions take their toll day in, day out on people’s livelihoods, on people’s quality of life, on people’s mental health.
"And I appreciate it is often the little things that hurt the most."