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Loose Women's Denise Welch labelled 'irresponsible' by fans after hitting out at latest Covid measures



Loose Women’sDenise Welch was labelled irresponsible by fans after she hit out at the latest Covid measures following the threat of the Omicron Covid variant.

The outspoken presenter angrily slammed the UK governments latest rules regarding safety measures during the pandemic.

Denise was furious after face masks became mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England, bringing their rules into line with Scotland where masks have remained mandatory.

And Denise, who did not deny the existence of Covid, questioned the need for face masks, despite scientists stating that they reduce transmission.

She told the other panellists on the ITV show: “It comes from the mental health perspective. And the thing about masks is – I will die on the mental health hill, I will not die on the mask hill.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is ask questions and have the questions be answered correctly.

“And one of my things about masks is, why are people saying now ‘well we shouldn’t have let the mask mandate go, we should have kept the mask mandate going completely.”

Ruth Langsford told of various studies that have found facemasks “block up to 80 per cent of droplets from escaping into the air”.

“The World Health Organisation say masks should be used as part of a strategy using other measures.”

Denise then talked about other countries who have mandated masks and their covid infection levels.

She said: “Well – why are some of the countries that have had masks mandated outside and inside got some of the highest rates of Covid? Not necessarily hospitalisations and death but as regards to cases.

“And the other thing about masks is that, we at the moment in the UK, have one of the lowest rates of hospitalisations and deaths in months, so why should we have kept the mask mandate.”

Followers of the show were unhappy with her attitude with one saying: “Denise Welch proving once again she is a danger to public health on Loose Women.”

Another said: “I cant believe what Denise is saying does she realise that we were running with the highest infection and deaths over the summer come on itv you have a duty of care than to have incorrect info on tv you shame on the show.”

Denise says she is not a Covid denier – and even suffered Covid herself recently.

She said: “I’ve just seen my dad die of an upper respiratory infection. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. For anybody that wants to say about the Covid denying, it’s utter utter rubbish. This is from a mental health perspective.”

She spoke of her own Covid diagnosis on Twitter saying: “Just had covid. Nothing like the bronchitis I had recently which was most ill I’ve ever been. Lost taste & smell with both. At work 10 days ago,”

“Was removed from set & they had me tested. LF & PCR taken at same time. LF was negative, PCR came back positive. Go figure.”





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