A SAGE member has claimed “a lot” of this winter’s Covid deaths could have been avoided if Boris Johnson had acted earlier. The Prime Minister last night claimed “we truly did everything we could” to “minimise loss of life” as the death toll hit 100,000. But Prof Neil Ferguson, part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said “acting earlier throughout” the pandemic would’ve helped cut deaths. The Imperial College expert said this was particularly so in the autumn, as less was known about the virus in the Spring. He told the BBC: “Had we acted both earlier and with greater stringency back in September when we first saw case numbers going up… then I think a lot of the deaths we’ve seen in the last four or five months could have been avoided”. Half the UK’s 100,162 deaths within 28 days of a positive test have been recorded since the start of November’s lockdown. While some can be blamed on a new, faster-spreading strain of Covid-19, the PM also locked down more than a month after scientists’ pleas. He overruled Government scientists in September who pressed for national lockdown measures such as stopping all household mixing and closing all… Read full this story
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