Boris Johnson reluctant to end lockdown too soon

21 Avril, 2020, 14:17 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Gove defends Johnson over fail

The prime minister took all the major decisions, he said.

Johnson did not attend emergency COBR meetings on coronavirus in February, either - when he took a long working vacation with his pregnant fiancee.

Government whistle-blowers, scientists and emergency planners alleged there was a complacency at the heart of government in late January and February when it should have been urgently replenishing stockpiles.

More than 16,000 people have died in Britain - the fifth-highest national death toll of the pandemic.

Tthe opposition Labour Party health spokesman Jon Ashworth said there were "serious questions" to answer about why the Prime Minister had missed the five Cobra meetings in February.

With hospitals under strain, health workers have criticised the Government's advice that personal protective equipment (PPE) worn while treating patients infected with coronavirus can be re-used, as supplies run low across the country.

This was not the plan, Gove told Sky: "It is the case that we are looking at all of the evidence but we've set some tests which need to be passed before we can think of easing restrictions in this lockdown".

"It is entirely normal and proper for Cobra to be chaired by the relevant secretary of state", he said.

The UK did not formally go into lockdown until March 23.

Stocks of clinical gowns to protect health workers from coronavirus in the United Kingdom are "drawn down", Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr, but he defended the government's response.

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The insider also alleged that Whitehall had been fixated on Brexit, and long-term crisis preparations fell by the wayside as key staff were diverted from pandemic contingencies to thrash out no-deal planning. "But it is the case (.) that those stocks are drawn down", he said.

"Between 2 April and 15 April, we have received over 12 million pieces of PPE in the United Kingdom from China".

Responding to United Kingdom media reports Sunday that a large scale PPE shipment from Turkey to the United Kingdom had been delayed, a spokesperson at the Department of Health and Social Care told CNN: "We are continuing to work to ensure the shipment is delivered as soon as possible".

Mr Gove, who is part of the so-called "quad" of ministers steering the government's response while the PM recovers from his own battle with the disease, this morning called the allegations "off-beam". He said it "amounts to 84 tons of PPE" and includes 400,000 clinical gowns. He didn't work weekends.

"This article contains a series of falsehoods and errors and actively misrepresents the enormous amount of work which was going on in government at the earliest stages of the coronavirus outbreak, a United Kingdom government spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday evening".

Government sources have said that in recent weeks, the prime minister has been slowly increasing his workload.

The PM is understood to have met his deputy Dominic Raab at Chequers on Friday to discuss the crisis.

They added Boris Johnson "has been at the helm of the response to this, providing leadership during this hugely challenging period for the whole nation".

There can be no doubt that the British public has displayed huge sympathy for prime minister Boris Johnson since he became seriously ill after testing positive for Covid-19.

Mr Dowden, when asked whether it mattered whether Mr Johnson had attended the first bout of Cobra gatherings, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Bluntly, no it didn't because he was engaged personally, as the Prime Minister is, through Downing Street with the outcome of those committee meetings". The Prime Minister has been asking for policy papers on other things, domestic and foreign, so he has increased his workload significantly.


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