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A report by the British Parliament concludes that the Covid management was a “historic failure”


Citizens protected by masks in the London Underground.

Citizens protected by masks in the London Underground.
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The initial response of the Government to the arrival of Covid-19 as “one of the most important failures for public health that the United Kingdom”, according to the report produced by the British Parliament. The document, titledCoronavirus: lessons learned so far ‘, it has been drawn up by deputies from all political groups after careful research. The work indicates that during the first weeks of the pandemic the authorities hardly acted. Confinement was ordered too late and also late the social distance was imposed. That happened, the document says, “even though the UK has some of the best experts anywhere in the world.”

For a year, two important parliamentary committees (Health and Social Assistance and Science and Technology) have been questioning those responsible for the most serious decisions made by the Government of Boris Johnson during the pandemic and the criticism is very harsh. In their conclusions, the committees argue that instead of ordering confinement immediately as other countries did, politicians guided by scientific advisers deliberately made the decision to delay confinement and gradually introduce social distance. The first case of covid in the United Kingdom It is dated January 31, 2020 and the lockdown was not ordered until March 23.

The report describes the delay in isolating the population as “a serious mistake “, that cost many lives. The authorities did not learn from what was happening in other countries, such as China and Italy, where the consequences of a virus were already evident, “highly infectious, for which there was no cure or effective treatments. That implied that the only weapons available to to stop the spread of the pandemic was to isolate people who had contracted the virus “.

Thousands of preventable deaths in residences

The report from 150 pages criticizes the admission of hospitalized patients in nursing homes, “without adequate or rigorous testing system or rigorous isolation”, which led to “thousands of deaths that could have been prevented.” The risks were not recognized until it was too late, with devastating and preventable repercussions, the document develops, adding that the government’s obsession was to prevent the collapse of the public health system (NHS), which needed to have the maximum capacity possible. “The lack of priority to social assistance during the initial phase of the pandemic is illustrative of a failed a long time ago when it comes to treating social assistance with the same attention as the NHS ”, he reads. The most vulnerable in society imported less.

The test and follow-up system is described as “Slow, uncertain and often chaotic”, even though the UK was one of the first countries in the world capable of developing this type of test. Nor were rigorous controls imposed on the borders, “Compared to other countries, particularly in East and Southeast Asia” allowing a high number of infections from France and Spain to spread. “One study found that 33% of the cases during the first wave were introduced from Spain and 29% from France ”, says the report.

Vaccination success

There are also some positive notes. The document celebrates the way the vaccination system was carried out, described as “one of the most effective in the history of UK science”. It also underscores the efficacy of new COVID treatments, one of which was first experienced in this country and has already saved more than a million lives around the world.

The authors emphasize that the intent of the report is learn, rather than accuse anyone of mistakes They attribute primarily to structures, systems, and groups of people, rather than individuals. From the Government, the spokespersons repeat the well-known formula that decisions have always been made guided by scientific advice. An official investigation into what happened during the pandemic should begin next year.


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