Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said that the UK has failed in the COVID-19 crisis and has been severely below the standard during the pandemic.
In a fierce attack on the government on Wednesday, Cummings told lawmakers that investigating Britain’s response that some ministers and officials were on leave when the virus spread across the country in February last year. Was fired.
Cummings said that the government “didn’t have a foothold in the war in any form, form, or form” in February, adding that “a lot of people were actually skiing.”
Cummings said: “The fact is that senior ministers, senior officials, and senior advisers like me are far below the government standards that the public has the right to expect.”
He said: “The government failed when the public needed us the most.” He added that as a result, people “unnecessarily died”.
Cummings blasted Johnson
The UK has recorded nearly 128,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the country with the highest number of deaths in Europe and the fifth worst country in the world.
The large-scale vaccination campaign that began in December has led to a sharp drop in the number of infections and deaths, but the government admits that it will have to answer serious questions about virus handling in future public investigations.
When the pandemic began, critics accused Johnson of being too slow to respond to the virus threat.
Since leaving Johnson’s team at the end of last year, Cummings has become one of the prime minister’s most outspoken critics of pandemic management.
Cummings said on Wednesday that Johnson viewed COVID as a “panic story” similar to swine flu in early 2020 and was too slow due to the implementation of the first national lockdown, which took effect on March 23.
Cummings said Johnson was so skeptical of the virus that he considered letting the government’s chief medical adviser Chris Whitty inject him with the new coronavirus on live TV to reassure the public.
Hancock “should be fired”
According to Cummings, Health Secretary Matt Hancock should be fired for lying in a government meeting for COVID-19.
When asked about an example, he said that Hancock had told the ministers that the supply of personal protective equipment was controlled in April, but that was not the case.
Cummings was one of the architects of the campaign that successfully brought Britain out of the European Union. When Johnson became prime minister in 2019, he was appointed as the top adviser.
He left in November after being widely accused of violating blockade rules.
Cummings said on Wednesday apologizing: “The whole incident is definitely a major disaster for the government and COVID policy.”
The government has repeatedly denied his allegations, and he often shares them on Twitter.
Johnson said on Wednesday that he would not accept Cummings’ testimony.
In response to a question from Kyle Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour Party, Johnson said: “Responding to this epidemic has been one of the most difficult things in the country for a long time, but any decision is not an easy task. .”
“Entering a lockdown is a painful thing for a country. It is very difficult to deal with a large-scale epidemic, and we are trying to minimize the loss of life, save lives and protect the NHS at every stage, as well as our Followed the best scientific advice we can provide.”