PIERS MORGAN has called for a second UK lockdown and has criticised Boris Johnson’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Newick-born Good Morning Britain Presenter took to Twitter to call for nationwide restrictions in response to rising coronavirus cases.

The 55-year-old was reacting to the news that France will be going back into a nationwide lockdown following an announcement from President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Morgan wrote: “Britain needs to lockdown – nationally, and immediately. And Britain also needs to ensure non-Covid patients get treated and businesses don’t go bust.

“This is on you Boris Johnson – you’re supposed to be leader of this country, so LEAD.”

“Our healthcare workers are facing another incredibly tough, challenging and dangerous few months.

“I wish them all the very best of luck and thank them and thank each and every one of them for their service.”

However, the tweets sparked a mixed response online leading to Mr Morgan to brand his critics “Covidiots.”

He wrote: “Can all Covidiots please just unfollow me and f*** off.

This second wave is extremely serious and I’m not interested in your insane conspiracy theories, your dumb fake charts, ‘your proof’ that Covid’s ‘not as bad as flu’ – or any of your ignorant abusive garbage.”

The broadcaster defended himself saying that he would block anyone that continued to send him “abuse” and “death threats.”

“UPDATE: Covididots are still following me and still spewing their conspiracy crap and abuse.

“So sadly, I now have to move full (permanent) lockdown and block them all.”

Piers posted that it is the government’s ‘duty’ to make sure people’s jobs are safe if another lockdown happens, but the unwelcome responses kept on coming.

He said in a tweet: “It’s not about saving lives vs saving the economy.

“It’s about stopping Covid-19 let rip so badly that our health system collapses, hundres of thousands die and our economy suffers worse than if we take drastic measures now to suppress the virus.

“We’re at a very dangerous moment.”

Throughout the pandemic the presenter has not shied away from voicing his opinion on how he feels about Boris Johnson and the government’s response to the crisis.

In May, Piers threatened to break lockdown rules to visit his parents in Sussex after the Prime Minister’s chief aide Dominic Cummings drove 250 miles from his London home to Durham, while suffering coronavirus symptoms.