The UK lockdown began on the 23rd March, but had the UK began the lockdown just one week before, the current government figure of just over 41,000 could have been just over 20,000.
Prof Ferguson, from Imperial College London, told a committee of MPs: “Had we introduced lockdown measures a week earlier, we would have reduced the final death toll by at least a half…. So whilst I think the measures, given what we knew about this virus then, in terms of its transmission, were warranted… certainly had we introduced them earlier, we would have seen many fewer deaths.”
The BBC reported that: “Prof Neil Ferguson, whose advice was crucial to the decision to go into lockdown, said the outbreak had been doubling in size every three or four days before measures had been taken.”
Boris Johnson is stating that it is still too premature to make such estimates, but his failings can’t be ignored. From saying on live, national television that he “shook hands with everyone”, to the Cummings scandal, it’s no wonder why we have the worst death toll in Europe.
Not to mention that in the long term, not having an immediate lockdown will cost the economy more than anything saved by delaying the lockdown – it seems being a heartless, carless Tory isn’t great for the economy either.
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