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UK’s Johnson admits he was weak on handling of crisis

Speaking to BBC, Boris Johnson said that says maybe he could have managed pandemic differently.
25.07.2020 - 12:21

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been criticised for acting too slowly in the coronavirus pandemic, said on Friday there may have been things he could have done differently.

He has pledged to hold an inquiry into his handling of the coronavirus crisis but not yet.

"WE HAVE FAILED TO GIVE AN EARLY RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS"

“Maybe there were things we could have done differently and of course there will be time to understand what exactly we could have done, or done differently,” he told the BBC.

Johnson said the government had stuck to scientific advice “like glue”.

Asked whether lockdown came too late, he said: “When you listen to the scientists, the questions that you’ve just asked are actually very open questions as far as they are concerned.”

He said the biggest thing that the government failed to understand in the early part of the pandemic was the extent of asymptomatic transmission between people. “The pandemic was something that was new, that we didn’t understand in the way that we would have liked in the first few weeks and months,” he added.