With the British Government’s latest doubling down on Lockdown it is worth remembering that back before the 13th March this Government was making reassuring noises that Coronavirus was not going to be unmanageable. There was talk in the media of “herd immunity” and of taking the minimum precautions necessary to make sure that we can carry on as much as possible just like Sweden has done.
Boris was then reported as having had a row with Priti Patel, Home Secretary, because she wanted to have genuine quarantining measures to stop people coming into the country from destinations where the Coronavirus seemed to have become quite widespread (such as Northern Italy and Wuhan Province!). Boris was reported as angrily refusing to agree to any quarantining measures.
Later the Guardian reported that between the 1st January and the 23rd March, the Government had allowed over 18 million international travellers to come into the country without any checks or restrictions and also without being tested.