The UK: Boris Johnson admits mistakes in corona crisis
Great Britain is considered to be the country most severely affected by the Corona crisis. This is not least due to the fact that the government is using the concept of “herd immunity” for a short time. Now even Premier Johnson admits mistakes during the pandemic. One factor was particularly underestimated.
On the first anniversary of his inauguration British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted mistakes in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. “In the first few weeks and months, we didn’t understand (the virus) the way we would have liked to do it,” the conservative politician told the BBC. Above all the extent of transmission by people who showed no symptoms was underestimated.
When asked whether the lockdown and other measures to contain the virus in the country were too late, Johnson replied evasively. It was “open questions” among scientists, said the prime minister. Imperial College epidemiologist and former government advisor Neil Ferguson recently said that at least half of the more than 45,500 deaths in Britain could have been prevented had the lockdown been implemented a week earlier in March. The government had initially relied on the concept of so-called herd immunity and had only started comparatively late. Britain is considered to be the worst affected country in Europe by the pandemic.
Statistics officials say nearly 55,000 deaths have been recorded
The mass transfer of patients from hospitals to nursing homes without having previously tested them is also; considered by experts to be a massive mistake that may have cost thousands of lives. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government focused on expanding capacity for intensive care beds. In addition to missing tests; many homes have reportedly had difficulty getting protective equipment.
There is even reason to believe that the pandemic in the UK has killed many people who have never been tested for the coronavirus. Statistics officials say nearly 55,000 deaths have been recorded in which Covid-19 lung disease was mentioned in death certificates; the pandemic mortality rate is over 65,000 according to the Financial Times. Mortality is the difference between the number of deaths this year and the average of the past five years.
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