UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson “feels” the “losses” UK families have suffered due to COVID-19, an apology that comes a day after the release of a report stating that the first belated response was his pandemic Government has caused the deaths of thousands of people.
This was assured this Wednesday by the President of the Conservative Party, Oliver Dowden, who also apologized. When asked specifically on Sky News whether he would apologize to the families of the deceased, Dowden said that he was “naturally” “excused” and that he was also the “premier”.
“We regret the losses that all these families have suffered,” he said, despite stressing that the government faced an “unprecedented crisis” when the pandemic broke out.
“There is no roadmap to follow, we had to adapt and move very quickly,” he added, before adding that “of course” the executive would do things differently “in retrospect”.
The report, produced by UK MPs, also affirms that the failure of the authorities to prevent the disease from spreading is one of the “greatest failings” on the public health level. It also states that the Boris Johnson administration’s approach, supported by its advising scientists, has been to manage the situation and achieve herd immunity by infecting citizens.
This approach resulted in delays in the imposition of the first lockdown, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, according to the British press. More than 150,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the UK.