Former British PM Boris Johnson apologizes for pain and suffering during pandemic

Johnson was said to have asked at one point if blowing a hair-dryer up his nose could kill the virus and suggested he should be injected with Covid on TV to calm public fears.

Johnson faces two days of questioning in what are likely to be the most emotionally charged sessions of the official investigation so far into why Britain ended up with one of the world’s highest death tolls during the pandemic.

Covid-19 killed more than 230,000 people in Britain and infected many millions more.

‘Let people die’

Johnson arrived at the inquiry in the dark, more than three hours before the hearing began, avoiding the families of some of those who died from Covid-19, and who had wanted to confront Johnson over claims that he told colleagues he would prefer to see people die in large numbers than order a second lockdown.

Aamer Anwar, the solicitor representing Scottish bereaved Covid families, said Johnson oversaw “a deadly culture of impunity, incompetence” and treating people like “toxic waste.”

Although Johnson has given evidence to parliament before about how he managed the pandemic, he is expected to provide the most detailed public account about his decision making in 12 hours of questioning over two days.

The inquiry has seen evidence from the government’s former chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, who wrote in his diary in Oct. 2020 that Johnson wanted to let the virus spread rather than order another lockdown.

Other senior advisers including Dominic Cummings and Eddie Lister claim Johnson also said “let the bodies pile high”.

Johnson has denied making those comments.

Testimonies in recent weeks have described how Johnson struggled to make decisions at key moments in the crisis, including when to impose curbs on the public’s movements.

In private messages seen by the inquiry, Simon Case, Britain’s most senior civil servant, claimed that his boss changed strategic direction every day and was unable to lead.


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