The report, released on Tuesday, said that if Johnson’s government had introduced the lockdown just a week earlier, the death toll in Britain could have halved. However, lawmakers concluded that the dangerous level of “group think” at the highest levels of government and its advisers led to decisive action.
To date, more than 150,000 corona virus deaths have been recorded in the UK – second only to Russia in European countries. Of The new report is the first official effort. To explain why Britain suffered more than others.
The delay in implementing the first lockdown and social distance measures during the early weeks of the epidemic is “one of the UK’s most significant public health failures,” the report said. It emphasizes: “This happened despite the UK being considered one of the best skills available anywhere in the world.”
Lawmakers noted that the first time the government’s scientific advisers met to discuss the COVID crisis and Johnson’s announcement of the first lockdown in March 2020 was two months apart.
Members of Parliament concluded that the government’s “slow and gradual” initial approach to the epidemic was to blame for the UK being “significantly worse” than similar nations, stating that: “It is now clear that this was the wrong policy, and that it has led to an increase in the number of early deaths as a result of a more early early policy.
The government has tried to defend itself with the report, accusing lawmakers of relying on the benefits of foresight. “It was an unprecedented epidemic,” said Minister Stephen Barclay. Told Sky News.. “We were learning about it as we went through, and obviously we knew some things about it that we didn’t know at the time.”
Coincidentally, Johnson is on vacation in Spain this week, so the report is not available to answer questions about the results.
Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s Conservative Health Secretary from 2012 to 2018 and head of one of the reporting committees, told ITV’s “Good Morning UK” that it was clear that the UK would soon be shutting down. Should have “Of course the prime minister is ultimately responsible, but some of the advice he received was also wrong,” the MP said.
Lawmakers had some positive words for the UK government – especially the successful vaccination rollout, which found that about 80 per cent of people over 12 would be fully vaccinated by mid-October. The report says global vaccine efforts will ultimately save millions of lives, with the UK playing a key role.
However, the document concludes that the UK as well as “other countries in Europe and North America” made a “serious initial mistake” in the epidemic, calling it a “fatal approach” and told the government that “important lessons” “We have to learn for the future.