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London (AP) —Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected his former White House Chief of Staff’s allegation that he had failed Britain’s …

London (AP) —Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected the former Prime Minister’s claim that Britain’s response to the coronavirus failed and was unfit for work, and his government oversaw the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands. Denied the claim.

Health Minister Matt Hancock also counterattacked after Dominic Cummings elected him for criticism in a violent attack on the government.

Cummings, who resigned as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief adviser in November, claimed that the government’s initial response was slow and chaotic, and what Johnson didn’t learn from his mistakes unnecessarily tens of thousands of people. It meant that he died.

“People didn’t get the treatment they deserved. Many were forced to die in horrific situations,” he said in a testimony to lawmakers.

Cummings said he played a key role in the campaign to leave Britain from the European Union and helped push Brexit supporter Johnson to the post of prime minister. “It’s not suitable for work,” Johnson said.

“The commentary I’ve heard has nothing to do with reality,” Johnson dispelled the criticism.

“This was a very difficult series of decisions, but none were downplayed,” Johnson said. “At all stages, we have been dominated by our determination to save and save lives,” he said.

“What people want to do for us is to provide us with a (restart) roadmap, overcome one of the most difficult times we all remember, and carefully move the country forward. “That’s what he told reporters on Thursday. ..

Cummings accused Hancock of lying to the masses and said he “should have been fired” for mistakes such as a failed test that a virus patient was discharged from a hospital to a nursing home. In the first months of the outbreak, thousands of people died of COVID-19 in a UK care facility.

“Unfounded claims about honesty are not true,” Hancock said.

“I was always straight, both public and private,” he told a member of the House of Commons. “Since I started working on this pandemic in January last year, I woke up every morning and asked,” What must I do to save my life? “

Jonathan Ashworth, a health spokesman for the opposition Labor Party, said the government has questions to answer, whether Cummings’ claims are true or not.

“These claims from Cummings are true, and if so, the Secretary of State (Hancock) may be in breach of ministerial norms … or they are wrong and the Prime Minister is an illusionist in the heart of Downing Street. Brought a liar, “he said. “Which is it?”

Britain experienced one of the world’s most severe recessions in 2020 as Europe’s highest casualties, about 128,000 coronavirus deaths, were recorded and three consecutive lockdowns hampered the economy. did.

The government says it will launch an independent public inquiry into dealing with the pandemic within the next year. Opposition politicians and families who have lost their loved ones on COVID-19 want to start COVID-19 sooner.

Although mass vaccination campaigns launched in December have significantly reduced infectious diseases and deaths, the UK is now considering a more contagious new strain of the virus first identified in India. .. It’s widespread throughout the country, and scientists expect it to be the predominant variant in the UK, but existing vaccines seem to work against it, they say.

Almost three-quarters of adults in the UK receive a single coronavirus vaccine, and 45% receive both vaccines.

The government has gradually lifted restrictions, and while indoor dining and entertainment facilities were reopened last week, social distance and mask wearing rules are still in place.

Hancock said it was “too early to say now” whether the remaining social restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus would be lifted as planned on June 21st.

Johnson said removing the remaining measures would depend on how much the new variant brought about an increase in cases and the speed of the vaccination campaign.

“Currently, there is no indication in the data that we have to deviate from the roadmap,” he said. “But we may have to wait.”

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