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Elderly woman’s coronavirus comments enrage BBC radio presenter

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It's a tough time for the nation at the moment as the spread of coronavirus renders everyday activities impossible for pretty much everyone.

In the midst of the pandemic, we are living life in a way that we have never experienced – and after last night's stringent new measures from Boris Johnson our freedom is all but on hold.

But that's a good thing. If we are going to beat COVID-19, we must stay at home, we must protect the NHS and ultimately, we will save lives in doing so. That message, however, hasn't gotten through to some people.

Beaches, parks, and other significant locations across the UK this weekend looked liked something out of a holiday brochure, as a spate of rare spring sunshine prompted droves of ignorant people to sod their isolation efforts and endanger the lives of millions.

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One of these people was 72-year-old Chris, a radio caller who sparked outrage after insisting there was nothing wrong with her visiting her elderly friend and going shopping for non-essential items in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris called into Monday's BBC Radio Solent mid-morning show to speak to presenter Pat Sissons. In the clip, she calls Pat "silly"and accuses him of "causing panic."

The clip is now going viral on Twitter, thanks to BBC journalist and Tipping Point star Lillie-Mae Stubbs, and it's not hard to understand why.

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

Pat responds: "Because if I get it, I'll pass it on to other people."

"Well, that's too bad isn't it," Chris proclaims.

The call continues, and things get more heated as Chris spews more controversial statements, including a casual explanation of her weekend.

"Well I went shopping on Saturday to Asda, then I went to the bay and had a walk along the front and sat on the beach a while because it was so beautiful," she recalled.

She then goes on to explain how she went to see a friend the day after, which gets Pat riled up: "You called in to see a friend? How old is your friend?"

"Yes, and she didn't mind at all. She's 78," came Chris' unbelievable response.

We'll let you discover the rest of the call for yourself, which you can do by playing the clip above. But be warned, you may burst some blood vessels.

Please stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and read up on the essentials on the government's official Coronavirus website here. 

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