Pensioner calls UK government 'stupid' and flouts lockdown rules

 A pensioner has sparked outrage by calling the UK government "stupid" while declaring she is happy to risk her life, and others, by ignoring the COVID-19 lockdown rules.

BBC Radio Solent presenter Pat Sissons received a call on Monday from 75-year-old Chris who said the worry around the pandemic was unnecessary.

"You're a strapping, great, young man, why are you so worried about this virus? I can't believe it."

Pat replied: "Because if I get it, I'll pass it onto other people".

"Well, that's too bad, isn't it, because I don't care... I don't care whether we have a lockdown or not - I hope we don't, because regardless of that if you're going to get it, you'll get it anyway," Chris said.

"People have been cooped up indoors all winter and we had the most glorious weekend weather for ages, and you want to stop people from getting out?"

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has enforced a lockdown where everyone is instructed to stay indoors for the next three weeks and recommends 12 weeks for the most vulnerable.

But Chris, who is classified as vulnerable as her age group is more at risk from the disease, says she has been out and about and would be "happy to die from coronavirus for a day at the beach".

She said she had gone shopping on Saturday, been to the beach and cemetery, and visited a 78-year-old friend.

"You are irresponsible, you are irresponsible. I am not causing panic, this is the government advice you are flouting," Pat said.

But Chris replied: "The government are stupid. Boris Johnson? I won't even go there".

The audio from the radio show now has over one million views and people have taken to Twitter to express their anger at Chris' comments, calling her "selfish".

"Angers me so much. What a selfish woman. Her day at the beach is more important than the 64 million lives that could be at risk in the UK? I'm glad BBC Radio Solent hung up when they did and the presenter had the patience of a saint and handled it really well," one commenter wrote.

Another said: "If you want to listen to stupidity there was a clip of a radio show from BBC Solent played on my local station this morning. I wanted to slap the old dear".

The United Kingdom now has over 9640 cases of COVID-19. Of these 140 have recovered and 466 have died.

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