Susanna Reid tells Richard Madeley to 'be sensitive' over Covid death comment

By Jessica Sansome

Susanna Reid implored Richard Madeley to 'be sensitive' after he made a remark about coronavirus deaths.

The presenters were back hosting Good Morning Britain together on Tuesday when the comment was made.

They were discussing the news that people who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 accounted for only one percent of all deaths involving coronavirus that occurred in England in the first seven months of this year.

Most were infected before they had received both jabs or had tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of their second dose, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Richard said on GMB: "If I had a bell, I'd ring it because we've brought you so much bad news over these past few months because of these damn Covid statistics.

"You may have already heard it. It sort of broke late last night.

"The ONS has found only 59 COVID deaths this year were among people who were healthy and double-jabbed out of 50,000 deaths in England."

He went on: "Only 59 double vaxxed people died, out of 59,000 deaths. I know your focus on the figures, and the negative side, is absolute. But this is good news, isn't it?"

Richard was speaking about the lastest Covid statistics (ITV)

To which Susanna responded: "Well, let's just you know, that many deaths is never good news, we have to be sensitive about each one of those deaths.

"But you're absolutely right, the benefit that, that shows of the double vaccination is outstanding."

Viewers were left angered by his comment.

"@GMB cannot believe what Richard just said. 59 people dying is not a great result. We are talking about someone’s parents, siblings, children. Would he be so flippant if it was one of his family members?" one said.

Another tweeted: "Omg Madeley is so cringe on #gmb. 'Great news, only 59 deaths from covid.' Only 59 bereaved families, then. *only*."

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