Leicester Mercury

UK was ‘unprepared’


THE UK was not fully prepared for the pandemic, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said.

Dr Jenny Harries said more testing would have been carried out if tests were available earlier on, and knowledge about asymptomat­ic transmissi­on could have resulted in a prompt recommenda­tion to wear masks.

Dr Harries said: “We were not fully prepared for this pandemic and, as I’ve said, I’m happy to accept there is an awful lot to learn.”

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