The Government was also accused of failing to adequately prepare for a pandemic, especially in regards to the amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpiled and failing to organise mass testing quick enough.
But Downing Street has shot down the claims and accused the article of being riddled with “falsehoods” and errors”.
A Government spokesman said: “This article contains a series of falsehoods and errors and actively misrepresents the enormous amount of work which was going on in government at the earliest stages of the coronavirus outbreak.
“This is an unprecedented global pandemic and we have taken the right steps at the right time to combat it, guided at all times by the best scientific advice.
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“The Government has been working day and night to battle against coronavirus, delivering a strategy designed at all times to protect our NHS and save lives.
“Our response has ensured that the NHS has been given all the support it needs to ensure everyone requiring treatment has received it, as well as providing protection to businesses and reassurance to workers.
“The Prime Minister has been at the helm of the response to this, providing leadership during this hugely challenging period for the whole nation.”
The spokesman also responded to claims the UK sent 279,000 items of its depleted PPE stockpile to China earlier this year.
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No10 also hit out at an unnamed source in the article who claimed there had been a “failure of leadership” in Downing Street.
The statement said: “This anonymous source is variously described as a ‘senior adviser to Downing Street’ and a ‘senior Downing Street adviser’.
“The two things are not the same.
“One suggests an adviser employed by the government in No10.
“The other someone who provides ad hoc advice. Which is it?”