Fern Britton asks fans if Covid is ‘a con to control us’ in Twitter debate ‘I had to ask!’

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Fern Britton, 64, has said she believes that “COVID is a real and dangerous virus”, as she encouraged her 78,000 followers to share their own pandemic conspiracy theories. The former This Morning host admitted that she “was not coping” just days before England was placed into a national lockdown for the third time today.

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She typed on Twitter: “I believe Covid is a real and dangerous virus running amok amongst the world’s population and ruining the world’s economy. 

“However, if this is all a con to control us, what is the end game? This is an authentic question.”

Many rushed to disagree that it was a “con”, as one said there is “no benefit” to pretending that there’s a virus.

They typed: “What is the benefit to the whole world pretending there’s a virus, people losing their livelihoods, etc. Funny they can never answer that when I ask. It’s totally bonkers!”

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However, another wrote: “Oh god don’t say that. I’m not coping as it is.”

Fern replied: “Oh Grant. Me neither x.”

A separate follower joked: “I think we’ve been locked up so long even the sane are developing conspiracy theories.”

Fern answered: “Yes! That’s why I had to ask to make sure that I know it’s real!”

One fan praised Fern for being able to share theories surrounding the pandemic in an “intelligent” manner. 

They wrote: “There isn’t is there, this is a virus, not a global conspiracy. We both know that and as painful as it is we have to keep chasing down anyone says, otherwise, your question there is an intelligent way of doing it, thanks! (Shamelessly steals idea).”

It comes hours before Boris Johnson plunged England into a national lockdown until at least mid-February.

The Prime Minister declared that the restrictions were necessary to keep the R rate down until the vaccine is rolled out on a wider scale.

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He said in his speech last night: “Our scientists have confirmed this new variant [of the virus] is between 50 and 70 per cent more transmissible – that means you are much, much more likely to catch the virus and to pass it on.

“As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic.

“In England alone, the number of COVID patients in hospitals has increased by nearly a third in the last week, to almost 27,000. That number is 40 per cent higher than the first peak in April.

“That means the Government is once again instructing you to stay at home,” he finished.

Showing that she was already abiding by the new government rules, Fern uploaded a photo of herself in bed with her two cats.

Last year the star split from her husband Phil Vickery. They were married for nearly two decades before they decided to separate.

The couple’s relationship came to an end after they realised they were on different paths.

She told Woman & Home magazine: “We simply needed to follow our own paths. Over time we realised we weren’t necessarily having the kind of life we once did.”

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