Boris Johnson didn’t need to tighten restrictions final autumn as “the people who find themselves dying are primarily throughout 80”, Dominic Cummings has claimed.
In an interview with the BBC, the PM’s former senior adviser alleges that Mr Johnson mentioned in leaked messages that he now not believed “all this NHS overwhelmed stuff” as he avoided imposing England’s second lockdown.
Mr Cummings has repeatedly accused the prime minister of performing too slowly in enacting the second lockdown which got here into pressure in early November.
And in his first interview since leaving Downing Road after a row final November, the PM’s former senior aide continues his assault on the prime minister by accusing his former boss of placing his “personal political pursuits forward of individuals’s lives”.
Mr Cummings discloses WhatsApp messages apparently despatched from the PM on 15 October during which he says the federal government ought to “recalibrate” their fascinated with imposing one other lockdown as “hardly anybody beneath 60 goes into hospital”.
“I need to say I’ve been barely rocked by a few of the information on COVID fatalities. The median age is 82 – 81 for males 85 for ladies. That’s above life expectancy. So get COVID and reside longer.
“Hardly anybody beneath 60 goes into hospital (4 per cent ) and of these just about all survive. And I now not purchase all this NHS overwhelmed stuff. People I believe we could must recalibrate,” it reads.
One other provides: “There are max 3m on this nation aged over 80. It exhibits we do not go for nation large lockdown.”
Mr Cummings describes Mr Johnson’s perspective of being “partly it is all nonsense and lockdowns do not work anyway and partly nicely that is horrible however the people who find themselves dying are primarily throughout 80 and we will not kill the financial system simply due to individuals dying over 80″.
The PM’s former adviser additionally claims Mr Johnson needed to go to the Queen in particular person originally of the pandemic, days earlier than the primary lockdown was introduced, regardless of workers in Downing Road falling sick with COVID-19.
Mr Cummings says he needed to speak the prime minister out of visiting Her Majesty by warning she could die if given the virus – one thing Downing Road has denied.
“I simply mentioned in case you, in case you give her coronavirus and he or she dies what, what are you gonna, you may’t try this, you may’t threat that, that is fully insane,” the PM’s former senior aide mentioned.
“And he mentioned, he principally simply hadn’t thought it via, he mentioned: ‘Yeah, holy s***, I can not go’.”
In the long run, the PM didn’t see the Queen for 15 months after 11 March 2020 because of the pandemic.
They didn’t resume in-person conferences till 23 June this 12 months.
Responding to the allegations made by Mr Cummings within the interview, a No 10 spokeswoman mentioned: “For the reason that begin of the pandemic, the prime minister has taken the required motion to guard lives and livelihoods, guided by the most effective scientific recommendation.
“The federal government he leads has delivered the quickest vaccination rollout in Europe, saved hundreds of thousands of jobs via the furlough scheme and prevented the NHS from being overwhelmed via three nationwide lockdowns.
“The federal government is totally centered on rising cautiously from the pandemic and constructing again higher.”