Lewis Hamilton has strongly criticised the British government over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Britain’s government has today introduced new restrictions which will impose a two-week quarantine on arrivals to the country from abroad. However F1 will be granted exceptions which will allow its planned two races at Silverstone to go ahead.
“You should have closed the boarders [sic] two months ago,” said Hamilton. “How you can let people fly in from countries without being tested is baffling.
“You could have saved thousands of lives. We need better leaders!”
Britain has one of the highest official death rates due to the pandemic. Yesterday’s World Health Organization situation report stated 40,465 have died from Covid-19. Only America has seen more fatalities, 109,038 having lost their lives, though its population is much higher.
British prime minister Boris Johnson, who came to power in December, contracted Covid-19 in March. He made a recovery following a three-day spell in intensive care.
Hamilton also praised the actions of protesters in Bristol who tore down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston.
“If those people hadn’t taken down that statue, honouring a racist slave trader, it would never have been removed,” he said.
“There’s talks of it going into a museum. That man’s statue should stay in the river just like the 20 thousand African souls who died on the journey here and thrown into the sea, with no burial or memorial.
“He stole them from their families, country and he must not be celebrated! It should be replaced with a memorial for all those he sold, all those that lost their lives!”
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