Cummings: Johnson did not want to impose second lockdown last autumn

Cummings, who left the Prime Minister’s office last December following a bitter power struggle, and has since been extremely critical of senior ministers and the government’s handling of the pandemic, made the claims in a BBC interview. [EPA-EFE/VICKIE FLORES]

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not want to tighten COVID-19 restrictions and impose a second lockdown last autumn because he said that the people dying from it were “essentially all over 80,” the PM’s former adviser, Dominic Cummings, said on Monday.

Cummings, who left the prime minister’s office in December 2020 following a bitter power struggle, and has since been extremely critical of senior ministers and the government’s handling of the pandemic, made the claims in a BBC interview.

He also said the prime minister had messaged him to say: “I no longer buy all this NHS overwhelmed stuff.”

The Johnson government scrapped the remaining restrictions on gatherings and social distancing on Monday but cases have continued to rise in recent weeks, prompting concerns from scientists and opposition politicians that measures will have to be reintroduced in the autumn.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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