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4 out of 5 stars.
A timely look back at the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and why ministers failed to slow the spread of the virus
Boris Johnson: was he following the science at the time of the first lockdown?
The first reports of a new virus emerging in Wuhan came around Christmas 2019. By early January, there were 27 cases in the Chinese city. Within a couple of weeks, airports in Asia were screening all passengers who passed through their doors. Weeks on, UK airports still were not – despite three direct flights a week from Wuhan to Heathrow.
Screening is ineffective as a method to stop the spread of a virus such as Covid-19, said one scientist.
We should have done it at least for the Wuhan flights, said another. “It wouldn’t have been a great imposition.”
“We left our doors open,” said a public health expert, with barely controlled fury. “And it contributed substantially to the rapid growth of the virus in the UK.”
Such a back and forth was the defining feature of BBC Two’s Lockdown 1.0: Following the Science? It is the latest contribution to what I suspect will become …
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