Dr Christian Jessen claims Italians scared of coronavirus ‘just want siesta’

Dr Christian Jessen , star of Embarrassing Bodies, has made a controversial comment about Italians and the coronavirus.

The celebrity doctor made an ill-advised joke about the deadly virus, claiming Italians are using it as an excuse to have a siesta.

Appearing on FUBAR Radio’s Access All Areas, Christian was asked his opinions on coronavirus by host Stephen Leng.

Christian replied: “This might be a little bit racist to say this, but you’ll have to make apologies, but do you not think it’s a bit of an excuse?"

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“The Italians, any old excuse to, you know, shut down everything and stop work for a bit and have a long siesta!" he quipped.

When asked if he agreed with Boris Johnson ’s decisions to delay closing schools, the star of Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny explained: “I do agree with him actually, I think it’s an epidemic lived out more in the press than in reality.

“I mean if you think about flu right, without getting too heavy, flu kills thousands every single year."

When told by Stephen that the recent figures are that ten people had died in the UK from coronavirus so far, he added: “Now I know that’s tragic for those involved but it’s not exactly huge numbers is it compared to flu which is thousands.

“It doesn’t affect mothers, it doesn’t affect pregnant women, it doesn’t affect children so far as we know. So why this massive panic?

“This is like a bad cold really, let’s be honest.”

Appearing to have second thoughts, : "Now I might have to eat my words and I really hope I don’t!”

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