Dec 07, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is back for a second day of testimony before a COVID-19 public inquiry.
Testifying under oath, Johnson is facing more scrutiny on how he dealt with the latter stages of the pandemic.
The former PM rejected suggestions that he wanted to let COVID-19 “rip” through Britain’s population as he defended his handling of the pandemic.
Shaking his head, Johnson responded “No, no, no” as he was confronted with a series of diary entries by his chief scientific adviser, which indicated he had argued in favor of letting the virus spread swiftly to increase immunity to COVID-19 rather than imposing further restrictions on the U.K’s citizens.
Johnson has admitted he did made mistakes in grasping the full extent of the crisis, noting that his advisers had failed to sound a “loud enough klaxon of alarm” about the virus.
Johnson’s remarks came following weeks of testimony by other ministers who said they sought to sound the alarm inside the government.