The Labour Party’s David Lammy and Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi were involved in a heated clash over the UK coronavirus death rate following reports of it being the worst in Europe. The pair locked horns as they both appeared as panel guests on BBC Question Time. Mr Zahawi stated that the figures are “inaccurate” and compared them to Spain’s scale of measure, which is different from the scale Britain uses.
Mr Zahawi said: “David, I would listen to you if you didn’t quote an inaccurate stat by saying we have got a higher rate of the whole of Europe.
“It was on BBC Newsnight last night and was proven to be wrong because if we were using the same scale of measure as Spain we would have reported only 20 cases of deaths yesterday.
“Every death is a terrible situation, every death is regrettable, but at the end of this crisis we will learn the lessons because it is on;y right to look at this.
“We have tried to be as transparent as we can be but it is wrong to quote figures that are completely spurious.”
Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi slammed the BBC
David Lammy clashed with the Tory MP
Mr Lammy replied: “Get a grip. We are languishing globally, we are a laughing stock.
“People have died and it is horrendous, people can’t believe that Britain is so behind the curve globally.
“Let me just say that I want you to succeed because I don’t want more people to die.”
Mr Zahawi said: “Then take away the inaccuracies and tell the truth.
“Do not quote the BBC who were wrong last night and I hope they will correct it tonight.”
At the time of writing, Britain has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
The UK has more than 280,000 cases in total as of June 4 and the current official death toll stands at over 39,000.
The Government has begun to relax the lockdown imposed in mid-March, with some workers now allowed to head back to the workplace if they cannot conduct business from home.
The UK Government’s exit strategy conditions
Non-essential shops across Britain are due to reopen on June 15 and the Government confirmed the day will also mark the start of compulsory face-mask wearing on public transport.
Worldwide there have been more than 6.7 million COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 390,000.
More than 3.2 million people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1.9 million confirmed cases.