UK could have avoided lockdowns with ‘competent people in charge’
Former Boris Johnson chief adviser Dominic Cummings has claimed Britain could have avoided all lockdowns if it had properly planned for a pandemic.
Mr Cummings posted another round of tweets on Saturday in which he said Britain had failed to seriously prepare for a coronavirus pandemic, comparing the plans to “AWOL / disaster”.
He also said herd immunity was part of the government’s strategy during the pandemic outbreak, before it was scrapped on March 9 and later replaced with a lockdown in the face of soaring populations. cases and high death rates.
He also alleged that Matt Hancock, the Secretary of Health, may have lied when he told reporters that the herd immunity strategy “wasn’t the plan,” in a tweet saying that “herd immunity was ‘by September was * literally the official plan in all documents / graphics. / meetings * until it is dropped “.
Mr Cummings also claims Britain should have mass-tested millions of people by September of last year and that failing to do so was pointless and cost thousands more lives.
It was the latest in a series of tweets ahead of his appearance before the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Care and the Committee on Science and Technology on Wednesday.
He criticized Mr Johnson’s government and his ministers, as well as previous governments and Public Health England, for their failure to make adequate plans.
Mr Cummings said: “If we had had the right preparations and competent people in charge, we probably would have avoided Lock 1, certainly no need for Lock 2 and 3.”
He added: “Since the plan was AWOL / disaster and terrible decisions delayed everything, Lockdown 1 became necessary.”
“Herd immunity by September” was literally the official plan in all documents / graphics / meetings until it was dropped, ”Mr Cummings tweeted. “During the week of 9/3, No10 was told by various people that the official plan would lead to disaster. It was then replaced by plan B. ”
Britain’s response to the pandemic has been widely criticized. The virus has so far claimed more than 127,000 lives in the UK.
Former Councilor No.10 said once it became clear a lockdown was needed Downing Street should have acted much faster and decisively.
He tweeted: “So much ‘lockdown’ confusion. Obviously, they are “destructive”. But if you have to, the alternative is hundreds of thousands of people choking to death and no NHS for months for everyone and econ[omy] sunk because everyone is hiding in terror so earlier / harder is better for health AND the economy[omy]. “
Critics of Mr Cummings will point out that he was at the heart of government when decisions were made on whether and when to introduce the type of lockdown that was finally implemented on March 16, 2020, when Mr. Hancock, the health secretary, announced that all unnecessary social contact must end.