Dame Joan Collins has compared the coronavirus pandemic to the Second World War during Good Morning Britain today.
The actress opened up about her own experience of the war to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the GMB Christmas Day special.
Dame Joan explained that she was just a young child when the war began, although speaking about the past 12 months she said this year has ‘been worse than anything I can possibly remember’.
‘I was such a young child during the time of the war and my mother was terribly protective and although she was scared stiff, she didn’t really allow us to be scared,’ she began.
‘And we were constantly, my sister was a baby, we were constantly shuffled around.
Dame Joan Collins compared the pandemic to the war (Picture: ITV)
‘We were evacuated all over the place, Chichester, Oxford, Brighton, Bognor, Ilfracombe, Dewsbury, you name it, we went. We went for maybe two or three months then we would come back, and the Blitz would start.’
The Dynasty star went on to add that ‘it was quite scary going down into the Tube stations at night but it was so convivial’.
‘That’s what I miss about this last nine months, people were hugging each other,’ she said.
‘Laughing and drinking and talking and telling jokes and playing, what are those things, accordions and it was a lovely atmosphere that I remember of friendliness and camaraderie. And frankly I’ve really missed that.’
Dame Joan misses hugging people (Picture: ITV)
When asked by the hosts what she would say to the nation, the 86-year-old continued: ‘We’ll meet again, as soon as possible, I hope, and I think we will. Now that we have this vaccine that I will go rushing to get, I think that we can all start looking on the bright side again.’
The coronavirus pandemic began in late 2019 when the first cases were diagnosed in Wuhan, China.
The first two cases of Covid-19 in the UK were diagnosed on January 29, 2020.
By the time the first lockdown was enforced on March 23, official figures showed that the death toll was 335 and that 6,650 people were confirmed to have had the virus so far at the time.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the majority of the UK into a second lockdown in November, meaning pubs and restaurants were forced to close again.
In December he also enforced a more harsh tier system for London and the south-east of England in a bid to prevent a new strain of coronavirus from spreading any further.
Earlier this week, Mr Johnson also announced that more areas of England could be forced into a tier four system from Boxing Day.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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