The British are fatter than the rest of Europe, says PM Johnson

29 Juin, 2020, 17:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, London Britain

He said, though, that this was not the right time for an inquiry in the handling of the crisis.

"I'm afraid you will find.in the great anthology of embarrassing former articles that people always drag up, some of them from this paper I expect, but you will find, I have taken a sort of very libertarian stance on obesity", he told Times Radio.

It said the 560 million pounds ($615m) for school repairs and upgrades was on top of more than 1.4 billion pounds ($1.73bn) in school condition funding committed in 2020-21, and that the 200 million pounds ($247m) would bring forward plans first announced by the finance minister.

"Let's not mince our words, I mean this has been an absolute nightmare for the country and the country has gone through a profound shock". But in those moments you have the opportunity to change and to do things better.

He added: "I do think by the way that some things you did feel very, very tough and you're right that you know people say the other things like that".

Asked whether he thought every day about the high level of total virus deaths and infection rates in Britain, Johnson said: "Every day".

When asked if he was still anxious that total deaths and the infection rate remained too high, he added: "Every day I worry".

His comments came as Leicester was poised to endure another fortnight of lockdown in an attempt to quell a local surge in coronavirus.

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Johnson, who spent time in intensive care battling Covid-19, said the government owed it to all those who have died and suffered to look at exactly "what went wrong and when".

"They are much, much lower than they were a few weeks ago and that is encouraging".

Boris Johnson has promised an infrastructure spending blitz to revitalise the battered United Kingdom economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I totally understand that and we will".

"The crucial thing is to make sure that we're ready to crack down on local flare ups and that's why we have the wack-a-mole strategy".

"I happen to think that the moment is not right now in the middle of a ready getting things going, still dealing with the pandemic, when everybody is flat out, I don't think the moment is right now for concentrating a huge amount of official time to all that".

"But we are learning lessons the whole time".

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