THE UK was ill-prepared for the coronavirus pandemic as officials felt a virus would “never travel this far”, England’s former chief medical officer has claimed.
Dame Sally Davies said she questioned whether the country should rehearse for a coronavirus outbreak in 2015 but was told it would not “reach us properly” by Public Health England officials.
She told the Daily Telegraph officials focused on the threat of pandemic influenza and was therefore prepared for the “wrong pandemic”.
But Public Health England said this is not true, adding: “Dame Sally Davies participated in exercises which planned specifically for a MERS coronavirus scenario in the UK amongst other health threats.”
The news comes as coronavirus cases in the UK rose by 33,470 in the biggest ever 24-hour leap – and the UK became the first European country to pass 50,000 deaths.
The number of people who have tested positive for the virus overnight is far higher than the previous record total of 26,688 coronavirus cases reported on October 21.
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