12 October (NWN) — An investigation report by the British Parliament said on Tuesday that hesitation to impose lockdown restrictions in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic last year killed thousands in Britain and was a “grave mistake”.
The 147-page assessment is the UK’s first comprehensive review of the government’s response to the health emergency. This is a joint report by the House of Commons Science and Health Committees.
The study noted that it became clear early in the pandemic that lockdown measures would be needed. Leaders acted very slowly in imposing sanctions, however, the authors said, out of an excess of economic concern.
“There was a desire to avoid the lockdown as it would cause huge damage to the economy, general health services and society,” the report states.
“In the absence of other strategies like strict case isolation, a meaningful test and trace operation, and strong border controls, a complete lockdown was inevitable and should have come sooner.”
The report makes 38 recommendations to avoid similar pitfalls in the future.
The investigation began a year ago and sought to assess Britain’s preparedness for a pandemic, its prevention processes and impact, and the strategy for rolling out vaccines.
It said delays in setting up adequate test, trace and isolate systems hampered efforts to understand and contain the coronavirus outbreak.
However, the study pointed to the success of Britain’s successful vaccination programme.
“The success of the vaccine program – one of the most effective in Europe and, for a country of our size, one of the most effective in the world – shows that positive, as well as negative lessons, must be drawn from our handling of the pandemic,” This indicates.
“All learning needs to happen rapidly because of the potential for future pandemics, so we are preparing this report now.”