The former advisor to Mr Johnson has echoed calls from scientists of the Independent Sage group who have urged a delay on lifting the lockdown restrictions in England, because of the alarming rate at which the Indian variant has spread through the nation.
Mr Cummings has now opposed the Prime Minister’s lockdown easing plan and has supported Professor Pagel who urges the Government to take a “precautionary principle” instead of lifting restrictions on May 17.
Timothy Gowers, a director of research at the University of Cambridge, tweeted: “Even if there’s only a 20 percent chance that Prof Pagel is right, the cost of another big wave is much higher than the cost of delaying the next stage of the roadmap.”
Mr Cummings also accused the UK Government of showing a lack of transparency during the pandemic.
Mr Cummings then added the plan for tackling coronavirus “turned out to be part disaster, part non-existent”.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Cummings said: “Fact, the evidence clear that fast hard effective action best policy for economy and for reducing deaths and suffering.
“Best example, Taiwan.
He continued: “There’s a general western problem based on nonsense memes like ‘Asians all do as they’re told it won’t work here’.
“This is what many behavioural science ‘experts’ charlatans argued, disastrously, in Feb 2020.
“This nonsense is still influencing policy, eg our joke borders policy”.
On Monday in the House of Commons Labour’s Yvette Cooper said that people would be “angry” that “the government’s border measures have failed to prevent the spread of a new variant”.
Before India was placed on the Government’s red-list on April 23, an estimated 20,000 passengers who may have been infected with the variant were allowed to enter the UK.
It comes as cases of the Indian variant are currently surging across some parts of the country.
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed