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Coronavirus Has Been 'a Disaster' for the UK, PM Johnson Says

Coronavirus Has Been 'a Disaster' for the UK, PM Johnson Says

Monday, 29 June, 2020 - 08:00
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, June 24, 2020. (Reuters)
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the coronavirus crisis had been a disaster for the United Kingdom and while the government would look at what went wrong it was not the right time to have an inquiry into missteps.


“This has been a disaster,” Johnson told Times Radio. “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.”


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”.


“I totally understand that and we will. I happen to think that the moment is not right now, ... when everybody is flat out, I don’t think the moment is right now for consecrating a huge amount of official time to all of that.


“But we are learning lessons the whole time.”


Asked about his senior adviser Dominic Cummings, he said: “Dom is outstanding.”


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