Boris says coronavirus has been 'a disaster' and 'a nightmare'

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Boris says coronavirus has been 'a disaster' and 'a nightmare'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the coronavirus crisis had been a “disaster” and an “absolute nightmare” for the country.

He told Times Radio he wanted to set out a plan to “bounce forward” following the pandemic.

“This has been a disaster, let’s not mince our words, this has been an absolute nightmare for the country,” he said.

“The country has gone through a profound shock. But in those moments you have the opportunity to change and to do things better.

“We really want to build back better, to do things differently, to invest in infrastructure, transport, broadband – you name it.”

Mr Johnson said he worries about coronavirus deaths and infection rates every day.

But he told Times Radio that it was crucial to be ready to crack down on local flare-ups using a “whack-a-mole” strategy.

When asked if he was still worried that total deaths and the infection rate remained too high, he added: “Every day I worry.

“Local hospital admissions are coming down, so are the death numbers.

“They are much, much lower than they were a few weeks ago and that is encouraging.

“But the crucial thing is to make sure we are ready to crack down on local flare-ups.

“We have a whack-a-mole strategy.”

The Prime Minister again insisted it was not the right time to hold an inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Boris Johnson told Times Radio: “We owe it to all those who have died, all those who have suffered to look at exactly what went wrong and when.

“I totally understand that and we will.

“I happen to think that the moment is not right now, in the middle of really getting things going, still dealing with the pandemic, when everybody is flat out.

“I don’t think the moment is right now for consecrating a huge amount of official time to all that, but we are learning lessons the whole time and we obviously will draw the right conclusions for the future.”

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