PM resisted lockdown as only over-80s dying: Cummings

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In an interview with BBC, Cummings also said the prime minister had messaged him to say: “I no longer buy all this NHS overwhelmed stuff.”…reports Asian Lite News.

In yet another attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the former PM aide Dominic Cummings has claimed Johnson was reluctant to tighten Covid restrictions as cases rose last autumn because he thought people dying from it were “essentially all over 80”.

In an interview with BBC, Cummings also said the prime minister had messaged him to say: “I no longer buy all this NHS overwhelmed stuff.”

Johnson had wanted to let Covid “wash through the country” rather than destroy the economy, Cummings claimed. This was the first time Cummings has given a one-on-one TV interview during his career in politics.

Meanwhile, In response to the accusation made by Cummings, Downing Street said the prime minister had taken the “necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice” throughout the pandemic.

And the government had prevented the NHS “from being overwhelmed through three national lockdowns”, a spokesperson added.

In May, Cummings had launched an all-out attack on the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

During a marathon seven-hour evidence session, Cummings claimed that thousands of people died needlessly as a result of government mistakes in the handling of the pandemic crisis.

Cummings said Boris Johnson was “unfit for the job”, claiming he had ignored scientific advice and wrongly delayed lockdowns.

His most savage criticism was against Matt Hancock, in which he claimed the then health secretary should have been fired for “15 to 20” different things. He said he had repeatedly called on Johnson to sack Hancock, calling him “completely incapable of doing the job”.

He also accused Hancock of lying, something denied by the former health secretary.

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