The UK authorities made mistakes in the fight against the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted in an interview with the BBC media company.
According to him, the official London in the first weeks and months did not realize the danger of the new virus. “The only thing we probably didn’t see at the beginning was the scale of human — to — human transmission in an asymptomatic form,” Johnson said.
The British Prime Minister, who was ill with COVID-19, highlighted the need to “learn lessons” from the actions of the authorities at an early stage of the spread of infection. There will be “many opportunities” for this, he added. Some things could have been “done differently,” Johnson admitted.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus has been detected in more than 15.6 million people on the planet, and more than 630,000 people have died from the effects of COVID-19. In the United Kingdom, almost 300,000 people have been infected. More than 45,000 patients died. This is the highest rate among European countries. Authorities imposed a lockdown in late March to contain the spread of infection. Critics accuse them of a late decision. In June, England was the first of the administrative and political parts of the UK to begin easing restrictive measures.