Experts warn of a rough winter but PM is clinging to plan A

Posted by on September 14, 2021 2:54 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Analysis: despite Whitty and Vallance’s fears, Boris Johnson and his team remain optimistic

Twelve months ago, as a battle raged in Downing Street over whether to order a circuit-breaker lockdown, Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance issued a stern public warning that England was headed for 200 deaths a day by November unless action was taken.

That was widely seen as a shocking and unacceptable figure. In the event, Boris Johnson finally caved in to the inevitable six weeks later, on 31 October, ordering a month-long lockdown.

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