Iain Dale warns Boris Johnson he will be held to account for ‘lousy’ COVID-19 death toll

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Mr Dale analysed the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis during an interview with Express.co.uk. The political commentator stated the UK has done a “lousy” job in terms of the death rate but added the Government achieved the target of protecting the NHS throughout the pandemic. 

Mr Dale said: “If you just look at it on pure number of deaths or the rate of deaths per million, we have done a pretty lousy job.

“I don’t think anybody could argue that.

“The Government’s main aim right at the beginning if you remember the original slogan stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“Well people did stay at home largely, the NHS was protected, there was not a single occasion when it was overwhelmed with patients.

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“Did that save lives? That is the question, it may have saved lives, but an awful lot of people did lose their lives.

“I think Matt Hancock has got a point when he says we can only really compare this after people have really crunched through all the statistics.”

He added: “However, you do it you can’t hide form the fact that we do have one of the highest death numbers in the whole world.

“I think people will be held accountable to that and will have to explain it.”

The UK was placed in lockdown in March to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.  

Currently, Britain has the tenth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has more than 300,000 cases in total at the time of writing.

The death toll in Britain is currently more than 45,000.

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Worldwide there have been more than 16.8 million COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 660,000.

More than 10,300,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The US has the most COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 4.4 million.

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