PM Johnson: Coronavirus has been a disaster for the UK

  • PM Johnson: Coronavirus has been a disaster for the UK

PM Johnson: Coronavirus has been a disaster for the UK

Elsewhere, MPs and senior ex-civil servants have accused Downing Street insiders of making Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill the "fall guy" for mistakes in the handling of the coronavirus crisis after he confirmed his resignation.

Johnson, who spent time in intensive care battling Covid-19, said the government owed it to all those who have died and suffered to look at exactly "what went wrong and when".

"I totally understand that and we will". I happen to think that the moment is not right now. when everybody is flat out, I don't think the moment is right now for consecrating a huge amount of official time to all of that.

Mr Johnson, who lost weight while in intensive care, told Times Radio that he had written "embarrassing" articles in the past in which he had taken a "very libertarian stance on obesity".

"This has been a disaster, let's not mince our words, this has been an absolute nightmare for the country", he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans for a 10-year rebuilding programme for schools in England on Monday, part of government efforts to help the United Kingdom "bounce back" from the coronavirus crisis.

"As we bounce back from the pandemic, it's important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, with our younger generations front and centre of this mission", Johnson said in a statement. "It's something we all need to address".

"It would be very helpful if our friends in the teaching unions really delivered that message loud and clear, and some of the councils".

Mr Johnson said he worries about coronavirus deaths and infection rates every day.

His comments came as Leicester was poised to endure another fortnight of lockdown in an attempt to quell a local surge in coronavirus.

"They are much, much lower than they were a few weeks ago and that is encouraging".

"But the crucial thing is to make sure we are ready to crack down on local flare-ups".

Johnson said he would double down on his plans to increase investment and said his government - which has already announced emergency spending and tax measures worth an estimated 133 billion pounds - would continue to help people and businesses.

"I am feeling very well, yes thank you, again thanks to our National Health Service", he said.