Peter Andre slams the government and says they should have shut borders sooner: ‘It cost a lot of lives’

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Peter Andre has slammed the government for not shutting the borders sooner during the coronavirus pandemic.

Writing in his new magazine column, Peter, 47, opened up about travelling abroad after an influencer appeared on This Morning last week to claim her work was “essential”.

Fitness instructor Sheridan Mordew arrived in Dubai on January 2 in order to film live workouts to inspire her clients in the UK.

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Pete said: “An influencer has been slammed after appearing on This Morning to defend being in Dubai. She said the trip was “essential” and her job is to “motivate” people.

“Now, I don’t think anyone would have been upset if she’d only posted videos of the exercises she was sharing – especially if that is her job. But people are frustrated by the posts.

“Let’s be honest, no one needs to see you riding a camel in Dubai. You can hardly call that essential! I remember when I put up some videos of us in Cyprus last summer, when you were allowed to travel, and someone said, “Don’t flaunt it.” I hadn’t really thought of it like that, so it did make me think twice.”

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Peter then went on to say that allowing people to travel has “cost a lot of lives”.

“With the UK now having more than 100,000 deaths from coronavirus, I really think we made a massive mistake by not closing the borders sooner,” he wrote.

“It’s cost a lot of lives and the economy is crippled. But saying this, I don’t know of another prime minister who would have done a better job than Boris Johnson. Oh wait, yes… Piers Morgan, lol!”

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It comes after Peter opened up on his battle with coronavirus as he appeared alongside his wife Emily via video link on Good Morning Britain.

He said: “I get people… I kid you not, I had somebody yesterday send me a message saying: ‘I can’t believe that you’re being a puppet for the media trying to tell people that this virus is real’.

“And they said: ‘You disgust me, we never saw your thing from the NHS saying you were positive’, because what am I gonna do, just put it up on screen? It’s ridiculous.”

Opening up about his experience with the virus, he continued: “I mean it’s quite unbelievable because everyone has different symptoms and I think one of the key things that I wanted to say was don’t ignore your symptoms because they’re not all gonna be the same.

“When I had symptoms I was absolutely convinced I didn’t have the virus and,” he then turned to his wife Emily and said: “Even you were convinced, right?”

Doctor Emily then said: “Yeah, I just think it wasn’t textbook how it presented in you. It was a lesson for both of us, really, because you need to be vigilant of your symptoms.”

Peter was then quizzed by GMB co-host Susanna Reid what his symptoms were, to which he said: “I didn’t have a temperature. I had body aches, I had a cough… I mean it wasn’t as persistent as we’d been told but it was persistent enough that we thought we should get it checked.

“But, the key thing about that was that once I got the test we self-isolated for ten days so we knew, once we got the positive result, that we could not infect anyone else so that was massive for us and it just goes to show that had we not gone and got tested…”

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