UK ‘panicked’ into national lockdown after ‘doomsday’ warning of 1.5m deaths
Boris Johnson was panicked into a national lockdown by “doomsday” warnings of 1.5million coronavirus deaths, a bombshell new book claims.
Investigative author Tom Bower believes the Prime Minister was scared into the move back in March with the worry of mass deaths across the UK.
The Gambler, the explosive new book set to cause waves at Downing Street in the coming weeks, lifts the lid on the measures taken at the start of the pandemic.
Professor Neil Ferguson warned government officials 80 per cent of Brits would be infected with Covid-19, it is said.
The alarming figures were presented at a Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies meeting in February – and were seemingly just accepted, weeks before lockdown was announced.
Bower said in his book, currently being serialised in the Mail on Sunday: “This was an improvement on Ferguson’s earlier assessment between two per cent and three per cent would die — up to 1.5million deaths.
“Even with mitigation measures, he said, the death toll could be 250,000 and the existing intensive care units would be overwhelmed eight times over.”
The author wrote: “With hindsight, the alternative to Boris’s overt reliance on the scientists’ advice was to announce that he was deliberately ignoring the experts.
“That disclosure would have outraged the public and his political opponents.”
Neither the Prime Minister, chief medical officer Professor Whitty or chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance “outrightly challenged” what was put before them.
Bower claims Ferguson predicted “a third of the over-80s would end up in hospital”.
Of those, the 51-year-old – made to resign in May – predicted 71 per cent would end up in intensive care.
Bower outlined that some senior sources believe the Prime Minister was “mesmerised” but he felt the men were “kindred spirits”.
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