The British authorities could probably have saved many more lives during the coronavirus pandemic if they had not forgotten their previously created action plan.
British authorities showed unexplained negligence
According to TASS, at the very beginning of the pandemic, the kingdom did not use the plan to combat a possible coronavirus pandemic, which was drawn up back in 2005. British journalists note that over the past 15 years, the government has apparently simply forgotten that there is a 48-page document, following the recommendations of which could help and slow the spread of the virus in the UK.
Former chief scientific adviser to the British government, David King, who at one time was involved in developing the plan, said it was simply overlooked. “Tens of thousands of lives could have been saved. I believe that the economy would also be in a much better condition,”he said. The government agencies responsible for crisis planning in epidemics were very surprised when they learned about the existence of this document.
The Kingdom at the beginning of last year took as a basis for the coronavirus strategy a plan to combat a potential pandemic of a new influenza virus, which was developed in 2011. The forgotten plan, which was created after the SARS epidemic of 2002-2003, could better suit the country in the early stages of the fight against coronavirus infection, experts say. Atypical pneumonia is also caused by the coronavirus, but it is more often severe, causing the death of patients.
Unlike COVID-19, asymptomatic infected people hardly spread the disease. If the 2005 plan had been remembered in time, the restrictive measures would have been introduced several weeks earlier than it happened in January-February last year. The plan included the introduction of voluntary quarantine for those arriving from countries where cases of the disease were noted, the cancellation of mass events in the event of the spread of the disease in the country, as well as the creation of significant stocks of personal protective equipment.