GMB : Adil Ray's furious rant at Dominic Raab over wrong figures
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Dominic Raab suffered a plethora of gaffes during his early morning media round as the Justice Secretary was asked to give an update on coronavirus figures following Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s announcement to the Commons. But Mr Raab had to be corrected several times after he said there are now 250 people in hospital with the Omicron variant on Sky News which he later said was nine on BBC Breakfast with government officials explaining the correct number is 10. Good Morning Britain host Adil Ray erupted at Mr Raab and could not believe he could struggle to get the figures correct.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Ray tackled Mr Raab and said: “You’ve done two interviews this morning and you were asked a simple question.
“How many people were in hospital, you told Sky News 250 people and you told BBC Breakfast nine.
“If you don’t know the actual basics how can we respond to it, do you want to give us a figure? You’ve got a third opportunity to tell us now.”
Mr Raab said there were 10 people in hospital with the Omicron variant with Mr Ray exclaiming the government secretary has given “three different numbers”.
Mr Raab remarked: “I know you like ranting at politicians in the morning but can I answer the question?
“First of all, I misheard one of the questions around whether it was hospitalisations of Omicron or generally.
“But the figures are one death from Omicron and 10 in hospital and I can tell you the latest daily hospitalisation runs at 900.”
Mr Raab said the Government does have a plan which involves getting as many booster shots into arms before the year has ended.
Kay Burley grills Raab on comment about Omicron ‘deaths’
Later on in the interview, Mr Raab was asked whether the person who had died of Omicron had passed because of the virus or that they simply had it when they died.
Mr Raab said it was a “challenge” to determine what was the primary cause of death.
Earlier, Mr Raab appeared on Sky News where he was asked by journalist Kay Burley to give an update on coronavirus.
The Deputy Prime Minister had suggested there were “deaths” linked to Omicron with Ms Burley wondering if there had now been multiple fatalities instead of the official figure of one.
Mr Raab backtracked and suggested he misspoke and was referring to the number of hospitalisations.
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After that, Mr Raab revealed there are now 250 people in hospital with Omicron which is an increase from the Health Secretary’s update of 10 the previous day.
But it was later revealed Mr Raab had got that figure wrong with government officials still placing the figure as 10.
Mr Raab then appeared on BBC Breakfast and told the programme there were nine hospitalisations.
Modelling from the UK Health Security Agency suggested there are around 200,000 daily Omicron infections across the UK.
Mr Javid gave an update on the booster programme and proposed restrictions told the Commons: “These are steps that no Health Secretary would wish to take unless they were absolutely necessary, but I am convinced that if we don’t prioritise the booster now the health consequences will be far more grave in the months that lie ahead…
“While Omicron represents over 20 percent of cases in England, we’ve already seen it rise to over 44 percent in London and we expect it to become the dominant COVID-19 variant in the capital in the next 48 hours.”
MPs are set to vote on new Covid rules on Tuesday with a large Tory rebellion expected.
Among the rebels are Steve Baker, Tobias Ellwood, David Davis and Marcus Fysh with dozens more showing their opposition.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said in a national broadcast his party would be backing the rules “in the national interest” but stressed he would not divert from holding the Government to account.
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