Sumary of The Guardian view on Covid confusion: government inconsistency will be deadly | Editorial:
- Mr Johnson wanted the boost from lifting restrictions among voters and especially Tory backbenchers, without fully acknowledging its cost: unnecessary deaths and long-term health damage, from Covid or its knock-on effects upon the health service.
- According to WhatsApp messages released by former aide Dominic Cummings, the prime minister denied the NHS would be overwhelmed by a second wave last autumn, and said he was not prepared to lock down the country to save people in their 80s.
- While vaccines are saving many lives this time, the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, acknowledged that hospitalisations could greatly exceed 1,000 a day;
- Sir Patrick warned of the potential for “superspreading events” – pointing to the Netherlands, which was forced to close clubs, bars and restaurants after lifting curbs too early.