Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has shared how she believes coronavirus will not be disappearing anytime soon as case numbers continue to rise in the UK. The Location, Location, Location host sparked backlash after saying Covid is “low down” on the list of things that might kill us, but added, “something has to after all”.
Kirstie typed: “Covid is here to stay, it is one of the many things that may kill us, though quite low down that list, something has to after all.
“Luckily in the last 150 years we have taken many things off that list, and we’ve added a few.
“Life is like that, but thank God for life,” she added.
Fans were divided by her comments as some claimed other countries had managed to stamp out the spread of the disease.
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The figure is a rise on Friday’s 51,870 cases, which was the highest since mid-January. Some 49 deaths were reported on Friday.
On vaccinations, 67,956 people had their first dose on Friday, while 188,976 completed their course.
It brings the total number of people who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine across the UK to 35,732,297 – 67.8% of adults.
The numbers come amid disruption on some parts of the UK’s transport network, with the NHS COVID-19 app alerts leaving some services suspended due to a lack of staff available.
London’s Metropolitan Tube Line has been fully suspended, while the Piccadilly and District Lines face severe delays.
Elsewhere, Sajid Javid revealed he has tested positive for COVID-19, and is now awaiting the results of his confirmatory PCR test.
Mr Javid’s symptoms emerged just three days after he visited a care home in Streatham, south London.
He was there on Tuesday, having earlier been in parliament. He returned to the Commons on Wednesday and spoke about the Health and Care Bill in the afternoon.
“God only knows what message it sends to my stepson and all the other kids in the same boat, whose 18th-now-19th was finally happening next week, but has now been cancelled.”
Kirstie is no stranger to ruffling a few feathers with her opinions, but it appeared most of her followers actually agreed with her sentiments.
Fans rushed to the comments section to share their views, with one writing: “Kirstie you are absolutely right as usual! I’m so gladdened seeing these scenes it’s brilliant! But for goodness sake let common sense prevail Weddings must now surely go ahead with 100 people. Do LFTs and let’s just b****y get on with it!”
Another added sarcastically: “FFS this is disgraceful – agree wholeheartedly Kirstie. Lovely to see how transmission rates will increase north and south….who cares about lives of people and the NHS.”
Another replied: “She could have had someone sat with her. She also chose to show respect to the rest of the nation by following the rules we all live by. My current funeral plans are simple – no funeral and a party for those who survive me when they can, I want for no one to be at risk.”
A third commented: “That is the first time I’ve seen the Queen looking so fragile and Charles looked so vulnerable.”
While a fourth replied: “Definitely time to relax the rules for such a situation. But had the government changed them in the last week it would have caused an outcry about double standards. I have a feeling things will be relaxed very soon though.”
It comes as members of the Royal Family were seated in their own households during the service, in accordance with coronavirus regulations.
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The TV star returns to screens tonight on Channel 4’s Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It. Allsopp has been a presenter for more than two decades and rose to prominence with shows including Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. The star hit the headlines this month after she vowed to “take a break” from Twitter following clashes with “unpleasant people” online.
The 49-year-old claimed to have been “bogged down fretting” about the offensive remarks and had forgotten “the vast majority of people are good and kind”.
She vowed to return to the social media platform “after Easter” and claimed she needed a break from online trolls.
While Allsopp has often moaned about the abuse she has received, the star regularly enters into heated debates on Twitter.
Many of them in recent years have been about Brexit and people’s “bigotry” towards those who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum.
Kirstie Allsopp passionately fought against those who insulted elderly Brexit voters (Image: GETTY / CHANNEL 4)
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer appear on Channel 4’s Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List It (Image: CHANNEL 4)
In February, Allsopp lambasted the Government for how small businesses had been “hugely impacted” since leaving the bloc.
She claimed the aftereffects of Brexit were felt “across the board” and needed “much more attention”.
The star tweeted: “Don’t let our Government use Covid as a distraction. This is a s***show.”
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Kirstie Allsopp rose to fame on TV shows including Location, Location, Location and more (Image: GETTY)
In 2018, she fought against those who branded elderly Brexit voters with derogatory terms.
Leave was voted for by 52 percent of the UK, of which 53.4 percent came from England.
A 2019 poll from businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft, found older people were “more likely to have voted to leave the EU”.
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The majority of people under 45 voted Remain, where the highest count was found in the 18 to 24 age group with 73 percent.
The poll reported that 60 percent of the people aged above 65 voted for Brexit, followed by 57 percent aged 55 to 64 and 56 percent of those between 45 and 54.
The EU referendum result led to a spate of verbal abuse against those who voted Leave.
Allsopp fired back after one 2018 tweet from a man, who identified himself as a Liberal, which noted “two elderly men” who voted for Brexit.
Kirstie Allsopp has defended elderly Brexiteers a number of times on Twitter (Image: GETTY)
She described his tweet as “pointless” and claimed it was similar to a remark she heard three weeks after the referendum.
Allsopp wrote: “A friend said, ‘Idiots, bigots and people smelling of wee have got us into this situation’.
“I asked him, ‘What wasn’t bigoted about describing old people as ‘smelling of wee’?’
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“I feel similarly about your tweet, it’s pointless and encourages unpleasant stereotypes.”
Another Twitter user replied to Allsopp’s comment and argued: “I’m old and hopefully I don’t smell of wee!”
They continued: “As are many of my friends of similar ages!”
Allsopp praised the individual and stated: “Exactly, which is why I hate these ‘elderly = Brexit’ tweets.”
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Prior to her recent Twitter hiatus, Allsopp left the platform in 2017 after being criticised for arguing that washing machines didn’t belong in the kitchen.
She was accused of “snobbery” and “privilege”, before she signed off with the tweet: “I’m over and out, it’s been a blast but enough is enough.”
In the Guardian, she linked the British public’s opinions about which room a washing machine belonged with Brexit.
Allsopp argued that we are “one of the few countries” with that “habit” and said the referendum results made it “very clear” how the nation felt about advice.
Kirstie Allsopp was forced to deny she was taken on by the Conservative Party as an advisor recently (Image: GETTY)
She continued: “The British think the way we do things is the right way – better than anyone else’s.”
Allsopp warned that pointing out “something we do is peculiar” would definitely lead to a backlash.
She wrote: “You had better brace yourself because it doesn’t go down well”.
Kirstie and Phil’s Love It Or List IT airs at 8pm tonight on Channel 4.
Kirstie Allsopp, 49, opened up on a conversation she had with her stepson about flashing; a concept she was shocked to realise he thought never really happened. It comes after the events over the last week have seen many women across the nation open up about their own experiences with assault at the hands of predatory men, following the devastating kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard in Clapham Common on 3 March, with the accused being a serving Met police officer.
The tragic and despicable circumstances surrounding her death have seen thousands of people take to social media and the streets around the country, to peacefully protest against silencing women’s voices, after the official vigil for Sarah on Saturday 13 March – that was cancelled by the police as it was deemed a breach of Covid rules – was stormed by a heavy officer presence, which sparked chaos and ended in multiple arrests.
The tragic and senseless murder has triggered numerous discussions about women’s rights and Kirstie was among those having to have difficult conversations with her family.
She took to Twitter to share the nature of a “heated discussion” between her and four male family members, who were left “outraged” about the proposed curfew for men, which became a trending topic in retaliation to the safety proposals that women have been told to follow for many years in order to “avoid” assault.
In view of her 423.7K followers, Kirstie wrote: Discussing ‘flashing’ with stepson. He’s convinced it’s rare.
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“Second night of rather heated evening meal with me and 4 boys/men. They are outraged by #CurfewForMen, I think they are missing the point.”
She added: “Anyhow have you ever been flashed at plus your age? #strawpoll.”
After being inundated with replies, the presenter soon followed up with another post revealing her reaction to the results of the survey.
“The replies that are flooding into this tweet are staggering,” she noted.
Many hit back explaining that the Channel 4 star wasn’t forcing anyone to disclose anything they didn’t want to share, Kirstie also politely disagreed that her poll was damaging.
“Politely, I think you’re wrong,” she said.
“Unless we talk about these things, out in the open, they get hidden. Stepson had never heard of it.”
It comes after an investigation by UN Women UK found that 97% of women aged 18-24 have been sexually harassed, with a further 96% not reporting those situations because of the belief that it would not change anything.
On Twitter, Kirstie raised her eyebrows at the remarks made by Meghan over Archie’s title, as she retweeted a headline that questioned if race had been a factor behind Archie not being made a prince.
Alongside the article, the Location, Location, Location star simply typed: “No,” in view of her 423,000 followers.
The star also reflected on Archie’s lineage, as she revealed there are many others in the royal family not directly in line to the throne, who are also not princes either.
Kirstie shared: “In 1961 the only sister of The Queen had a son, David, when born he was 5th in line to the throne, he’s not a Prince. Almost 60 years later, when the Royal Family is trying to downsize & modernise, it seems unlikely that the 7th in line would be a Prince, but maybe it’s racism.”
Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has hit back on Twitter today after Meghan Markle, 39, sensationally claimed during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that her son Archie Mountbatten, one, was denied the title of prince by the Royal Family, because he is mixed race. The Location Location Location host sparked a fiery online debate after she outright denied allegations Archie was not made a prince, after the Duchess of Sussex spoke out alongside her husband Prince Harry on US TV last night.
Kirstie retweeted a headline that questioned if race was a factor behind Archie not being made a prince.
Alongside the article, Kirstie simply typed: “No,” in view of her 423,000 followers.
Quickly the star received a flurry of responses, as fellow tweeters weighed in on the subject.
One said: “I don’t understand this – prince/princess titles were curtailed years before Archie was born. Basic research would tell Oprah that. Prince Edward, also a male prince, has two children without royal titles.”
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A second replied: “Exactly. It seems they sometimes contradict themselves – didn’t want him to have a title, yet link lack of it to racism. Ask to move away from their roles confirm this on 7 Jan – yet hurt when Queen confirms this and financial support for the role is taken away.”
While a third replied: “How do you know?”
In a previous tweet by Kirstie, she explained how Archie does have a tittle, albeit not prince, and is known formally as the Earl of Dumbarton.
She wrote: “Archie is the Earl of Dumbarton, but his parents chose not to use that title.
Kirstie clarified her comment, by admitting she had not seen the whole interview yet but had only watched clips online. As the interview is to be broadcast tonight in the UK.
She typed back: “In the clip from the interview, the whole of which I have not seen, it seemed as if the two were linked. I’m just saying it’s likely that that is not the case.
“I do not deny for a single second Meghan has been targeted by racists, but within Harry’s family too?”
Meanwhile, Anita Singh, arts and entertainment editor, questioned if Kirstie meant racism does not happen amongst the upper classes.