Boris Johnson hit out at BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg for her questions on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He accused her of trying to run an inquiry into COVID-19 and explained the British public want the Government to focus on the present. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Johnson said: “There will be plenty of opportunities to learn the lessons of what happened.
“You keep talking about this as though it’s in the past, Laura.
“Actually we need to make sure that we’re prepared for the future and that is why we’re getting on with preparing for a potential resurgence.”
Ms Kuenssberg asked: “Prime Minister, isn’t that precisely why this is the time to be honest about what went wrong?
“So that people can be confident that it won’t happen the next time. Do you regret now that lockdown happened when it did? Many people have said it might have been too late.”
Boris Johnson and Laura Kuenssberg clash over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Laura Kuenssberg questioned Boris Johnson on a potential second spike
Mr Johnson interjected: “Laura, you’re trying to run a kind of inquiry into what happened when I think you if you listen to the scientists, the questions you have just asked are actually very open questions as they are concerned.
“There will be a time, obviously, to consider all those issues but I think what the public want us to focus on now is what we’re doing.”
The Prime Minister went on to admit the Government did not understand COVID-19 sufficiently in its “first few weeks and months”.
He said: “We didn’t understand the virus in the way that we would have liked in the first few weeks and months.
Boris Johnson admitted he didn’t understand the virus at the beginning
“And I think probably, the single thing that we didn’t see at the beginning was the extent to which it was being transmitted asymptomatically from person to person.
“I think it’s fair to say that there are things that we need to learn about how we handled it in the early stages there will be plenty of opportunities to learn the lessons of what happened.”
Sir Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “At last Boris Johnson has admitted what we have all known for some time – this Government made fundamental mistakes in their handling of the coronavirus crisis.
“However, to try and minimise this as there were some things they could have done differently is not only an enormous understatement, but it is an insult to all those who tragically lost loved ones to the virus.
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“This interview has given people more questions than answers.
“With no remorse for the catastrophic mistakes such as the failure to protect our care homes or a refusal to put a comprehensive plan in place for a second wave, it is clear the Prime Minister has learnt nothing over the course of the last few months.
“Boris Johnson’s comments today prove why an immediate independent inquiry is so essential.
“The Prime Minister and his Government must be faced with the reality of where they went wrong, so that they can learn from their mistakes which have led to tragic consequences.”