Great Britain already has more than 100,000 corona deaths to complain about. Experts blame Prime Minister Johnson for the miserable situation – and raise serious allegations.
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After more than 100,000 corona deaths in Great Britain, opposition leader Keir Starmer has accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not having learned from his mistakes in the pandemic. “The problem is that the important lessons have not been learned,” Starmer said at the traditional questioning of the prime minister in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday.
“Why does Britain have the highest death rate in Europe? Why does Britain have almost the highest death rate in the whole world?” Asked the Labor Party leader. Whether it’s testing, imposing lockdowns or the rules for Christmas – Boris Johnson hesitated too long about everything and made important decisions too late.
“Legacy of Bad Choices”
Starmer has received support from Edinburgh University public health expert Linda Bauld, who described the country’s devastating record on BBC as a “legacy of bad choices when restrictions were eased”. A lack of focus on a functioning test system and inadequate entry measures would have contributed to the particularly deadly corona wave in winter.
A line of ambulances in London: More than 100,000 people have already died from the coronavirus in the UK. (Source: Xinhua / imago images)
Johnson defended himself on Wednesday with regard to the particularly contagious corona variant B.1.1.7 discovered in Great Britain, which had made the fight against the pandemic even more difficult. “There are no easy answers in a situation like this,” he said. The time will certainly come when you have to think about lessons from the pandemic – but this has not yet come because the fight against the virus is still in full swing.
The number of corona deaths exceeded 100,000 people on Tuesday. Johnson expressed his condolences to the relatives, Keir Starmer spoke of a “national tragedy.”