Coronavirus has been a “disaster” for Britain, says Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits the coronavirus pandemic has been a “disaster” for Britain.

As the country faces the worst death toll in Europe – more than 43,000 people dead – and a pending economic meltdown, Mr Johnson added:

“Let’s not mince our words. I mean, this has been an absolute nightmare for the country and the country’s gone through a profound shock.

“This has been a disaster.”

Mr Johnson, talking to Times Radio, announced a series of spending plans to help schools, housing and infrastructure.

He said: “But in those moments, you have the opportunity to change and to do things better.

“This is a moment now to give our country the skills, the infrastructure, the long-term investment that we need.

“What we’re going to be doing in the next few months, is really doubling down on our initial agenda, which was all about investment … in infrastructure, in education, in technology, to bring the country together.



About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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