A woman has gone viral after she told a reporter she was too scared to leave the house due to the Indian variant of Covid-19 in Bolton, while clearly not being in her house.
Last Friday, Good Morning Britain sent a reporter out to one of the areas where the new variant has been found to find out how locals are feeling about the situation.
In the clip, the woman tells the camera she's 'really worried' and 'won't even leave the house' despite the fact that she appears to be out and about in the town centre.
And people did not fail to notice the discrepancy between her words and actions, with one person commenting: "Really worried, 'I won't leave the house', yet she's in the town centre giving an interview."
Another asked: "Left the house without a mask but worried to leave the house?"
A third viewer wrote: "I thought my ears were playing up when I heard this first thing."
Asking the question we were all pondering, another person commented: "She does know that she's not in her house when speaking to the journalist?"
It's difficult to fault anyone for voicing concerns about the virus, of course.
Last week, Boris Johnson warned that the Indian variant could 'seriously disrupt' plans to end all lockdown restrictions next month.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Prime Minister said: "I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step four in June and I must again stress we will do whatever it takes to keep the public safe.
"Our surveillance and data gathering is now so advanced, that if there was a danger of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure we would see the signs in the data very early on and could react in good time, and that gives us the confidence to continue moving forwards for now.
"But I urge everyone to exercise the greatest caution because the choices we each make in the coming days will have a material effect on the road ahead."
He continued: "We believe this variant is more transmissible than the previous one.
"In other words, it passes more easily from person to person - but we don't know by how much.
"I am told that if it's only marginally more transmissible, we can continue more or less as planned.
"But if the virus is significantly more transmissible, we are likely to face some hard choices.
"We are going to be learning a lot more in the coming days and weeks about that.
"The good news is that so far we have no evidence to suggest our vaccines will be less effective in protecting people against severe illness and hospitalisation."
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