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Scientists at war with ministers over Covid: Experts call for public inquiry into 'failures'

Added 06-06-20 06:36:03pm EST - “In a scathing letter, nearly 30 leading scientists and medical experts said a second epidemic in the UK is 'probable' this winter. They warned it will be deadlier than the first if failings are not fixed.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Scientists at war with ministers over Covid, demand public inquiry”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Nearly 30 leading experts have demanded Boris Johnson launches a public inquiry to prepare Britain for a second wave of coronavirus, in another sign of a growing gulf between ministers and scientists. 

The group of 27 said a second epidemic was 'probable' this winter and warned it would be more deadly than the first if the Government doesn't address its failures from the previous outbreak.

They have laid out a series of glaring shortcomings which they say have contributed to the UK suffering more than 40,000 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in Europe. 

There was another indication of growing friction between ministers and scientists last night, when Matt Hancock led the Downing Street press conference alone - without being flanked by a SAGE member.

In a scathing letter published last night, the signatories criticised the Government's control freakery approach to testing and unwillingness to devolve responsibility to local public health bodies.

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