Loose Women in furious clash over lockdown as panelists are calmed down in break

Loose Women panelists Gloria Hunniford and Saira Khan furiously clashed over the government’s lockdown announcement at the weekend.

Things became so heated that host Andrea McLean was forced to step in to calm them down during the break.

Saira, 50, was clearly very worried about how businesses would be affected by the month-long lockdown, which starts on Thursday.

She also pointed out the problems with mental health it would cause.

“I’m actually really disappointed,” Saira said, explaining that she was supporting a campaign called Time For Recovery which argues that “lockdown isn’t the answer”.

“The need to keep the nation healthy, you’ve also got to balance that with the need to keep people fed, active and productive,” she said. “I think what we have learnt since the last lockdown in March is that most people have put social distancing in place in the workplace.

Gloria Hunniford and Saira Khan clashed on Loose Women today

“If we go to the shops, people’s businesses, manufacturing, they’ve done what the government has said. They’re practising social distancing, they’re wearing their masks, they’ve got hand sanitisers everywhere.

“For me, we can’t get rid of this. We have to learn to live with this safely. I understand that the government wants to protect the NHS – we cannot protect the NHS and we cannot fund the NHS if people are not working and keeping this economy vibrant.”

She added that a lot of young people’s futures were being “destroyed” by lockdown and didn’t want it to happen.

Andrea McLean was forced to interject and calm the panelists down

Saira said that she doesn’t agree with lockdown

However, Gloria disagreed and believed that lockdown was necessary.

Gloria said: “I love Saira dearly and I’m sure that many people down the country would agree with many a point she makes and maybe it’s to do with my age, but sometimes I think you cannot balance money against deaths.

“The figures are escalating at an alarming rate and you only have to look at Italy, Germany, Belgium and France to see the hospitals absolutely packed. People in corridors – they can’t deal with it all.

Gloria asked Saira if she would ‘rather people die instead’

“And Boris [Johnson] did not want to necessarily go into a national lockdown, but sometimes you have to and these figures are absolutely critical. We have to try and break that circuit they talk about.

“We have to do something. And it horrifies me that 700 young people last night were at a rave in Bristol and so there comes a point where we all, young, middle aged, old, whatever, you take it into your own hands and do something positive.”

Saira interjected to say that everyone would be paying for furlough for many years to come, to which Gloria asked: “Would you rather people die instead?”

She later said that she “respected Saira as a businesswoamn and accused her of “not having the answer” to coronavirus.

“I’m not saying I have the answer, I’m giving a different approach and a different opinion – we have to have this balance,” Saira.

The show quickly descended into a shouting match, with both of the panelists shouting over one another.

Loose Women later went to a break and when it returned, Andrea insisted to viewers: “We’re all friends, it’s all calmed down.”

*Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

Originally from https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/loose-women-panel-furious-clash-22944563

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