Speaking at a conference on Downing Street today, the Prime Minister said he was “taking full responsibility for everything the government did during the pandemic”.
“I think on this day I should really repeat that I am deeply sorry that all life has been lost and of course, as Prime Minister, I take full responsibility for everything the government has done.
“What I can tell you is that we have really done what we could and continue to do everything we can to minimize the loss of life and suffering in a very, very difficult and very, very difficult crisis for our Country, and we will continue to do so, just as any government affected by this crisis worldwide continues to do so, “said Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson has said “you would exhaust the thesaurus of misery” if you tried to describe the government’s number for coronavirus deaths that exceeded 100,000.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said, “I think you would exhaust the thesaurus of misery – it’s a horrific and tragic loss of life, no question about it.”
Following the Prime Minister’s comments, UK chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said it was a “very sad day” as the number of Covid deaths exceeded 100,000.
Presenting slides of coronavirus data at the Downing Street press conference, he said the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus was “still very high, but it’s down”.
He warned that the National Statistics Office’s data is showing a slower decline, adding, “I think we need to be careful not to relax too soon.”
He said the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the UK is still an “incredibly high number”.
Prof. Whitty said this had “flattened” and not increased overall, but “well above the high in April”.
Prof. Whitty said it looked like hospital numbers were going down slightly in areas like London, the south east and east of England, but in some areas the numbers had “still not declined convincingly”.
He said the deaths of people who had a positive coronavirus test looked like it was flattening out at very high levels.
Prof. Whitty warned that “the number of people who die each day will decrease relatively slowly over the next two weeks”.