Updated October 12, 2021, 11:03 am
- The British Parliament has sharply criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a report.
- The members of parliament accuse him of massive errors in the corona pandemic.
- The government’s “wrong” approach cost lives.
A parliamentary report gave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson bad testimony for his handling of the coronavirus.
Delaying a lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic last year was “one of the biggest public health failures” in the country’s history, the investigation report published on Tuesday said. The government’s “wrong” approach cost lives.
Wrong models led to the wrong course of government
MEPs not only criticized the government for being late in imposing curfews on its own people – they also pointed out that Britain was very late in tightening its border controls.
Accordingly, the government initially underestimated the corona virus and worked with the wrong models. The government’s course “should have been questioned more by everyone,” says the report.
Parliament interviewed witnesses for the report
The MPs had heard numerous witnesses for their report, including the controversial ex-advisor to Johnson, Dominic Cummings, who was himself criticized for disregarding quarantine rules after his COVID illness. An independent public investigation of the government’s corona policy is not expected to follow until next year.
The UK is one of the worst hit countries in Europe by the pandemic, with almost 138,000 corona deaths. While numerous European governments had already sealed off their borders and issued lockdowns at the beginning of 2020, Johnson was only able to bring about this at the end of March.
Shortly thereafter, Johnson himself ended up in intensive care with a corona infection, and numerous of his cabinet colleagues and consultants became infected. At the time, his advisers had long circulated plans for a controlled “contamination” of the population. (afp / ari)