Dominic Cummings calls Matt Hancock’s herd immunity claim ‘bullsh*t’

Dominic Cummings has accused Matt Hancock’s of lying with his claim that the government never intend to pursue a strategy of herd immunity to fight coronavirus, in his latest Twitter post before he gives evidence to MPs on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff has been posting a lengthy thread accusing the government of mismanaging the response to coronavirus and updated it today.

He said all three country-wide lockdowns could have been entirely avoided if there were ‘competent people in charge’ and ministers had ‘the right preparations’.

Cummings said the first lockdown in March was only necessary because ‘awful decisions’ were made.

He insisted Health Secretary Mr Hancock lied when he claimed herd immunity ‘wasn’t the plan’.

Herd immunity is a strategy for fighting pandemics which aims to allow enough non-vulnerable people to catch the virus that transmission in the community stops.

Cummings instead claimed the controversial tactic was ‘literally the official plan in all docs/graphs/meetings until it was ditched’, adding that it was only abandoned at the start of March when it became clear that the death toll would be in the hundreds of thousands.

The former top aide will be grilled on No10’s handling of coronavirus at a joint session of the health and science committees on May 26.

He has already set the stage for an explosive appearance in front of MPs, earlier claiming an obsession with secrecy at the heart of Government ‘contributed greatly to the catastrophe’ of the Covid pandemic in the UK.

In another day of Covid-19 news: 

  • Covid cases creeped up with a further 2,694 people testing positive for the infection today – a rise of 33 per cent on last week;
  • England passed its 50million coronavirus jabs milestone with 563,468 vaccines taking place yesterday;
  • Britain’s death toll stood at six today, a decrease of one on the seven recorded this day last week;
  • Britons will soon be barred from entering Germany after the country’s Public Health Institute designated the UK as a virus variant area of concern;
  • AstraZeneca’s chief executive revealed the UK struck a deal for guaranteed supplies of the jab;
  • Londoners in six boroughs are being checked for the Indian coronavirus variant amid a surge-testing blitz in the capital city. 
Dominic Cummings (pictured) has blasted Matt Hancock's claim that herd immunity was not the Government's original Covid strategy as 'bullsh*t'

Dominic Cummings (pictured) has blasted Matt Hancock's claim that herd immunity was not the Government's original Covid strategy as 'bullsh*t'

Cummings insisted Health Secretary Mr Hancock (pictured) lied when he claimed herd immunity - the theory that people can develop antibodies to fight the virus if it spreads freely - 'wasn¿t the plan'

Cummings insisted Health Secretary Mr Hancock (pictured) lied when he claimed herd immunity - the theory that people can develop antibodies to fight the virus if it spreads freely - 'wasn¿t the plan'

Dominic Cummings (left) has blasted Matt Hancock’s (right) claim that herd immunity was not the Government’s original Covid strategy as ‘bullsh*t’

Britain's death toll stands at six today, a decrease of one on the seven recorded this day last week

Britain's death toll stands at six today, a decrease of one on the seven recorded this day last week

Britain’s death toll stands at six today, a decrease of one on the seven recorded this day last week

Today's case total of 2,694 - 667 more than the 2,027 recorded last Saturday - comes as England passes its 50million coronavirus jabs milestone

Today's case total of 2,694 - 667 more than the 2,027 recorded last Saturday - comes as England passes its 50million coronavirus jabs milestone

Today’s case total of 2,694 – 667 more than the 2,027 recorded last Saturday – comes as England passes its 50million coronavirus jabs milestone

Boris Johnson's former chief of staff has been posting a lengthy thread accusing the government of mismanaging the response to coronavirus and updated it today (pictured)

Boris Johnson's former chief of staff has been posting a lengthy thread accusing the government of mismanaging the response to coronavirus and updated it today (pictured)

Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff has been posting a lengthy thread accusing the government of mismanaging the response to coronavirus and updated it today (pictured) 

In a typically lengthy diatribe on Twitter, Cummings wrote: ‘If we’d had the right preparations and competent people in charge, we would probably have avoided lockdown one, definitely no need for lockdowns two and three. 

‘Given the plan was AWOL/disaster and  awful decisions delayed everything, lockdown one became necessary.’

He also blasted the media for being ‘generally abysmal on Covid’, but said: ‘Even I’ve been surprised by one thing: how many hacks have parroted Hancock’s line that ‘herd immunity wasn’t the plan’ when ‘herd immunity by September’ was literally the official plan in all docs/graphs/meetings until it was ditched.

‘Yes the media is often incompetent but something deeper is at work: much of SW1 [the postcode for Downing Street] was happy to believe Hancock’s bullsh*t that ‘it’s not the plan’ so they didn’t have to face the shocking truth. 

‘Most political hacks believe in ‘the system’.

‘In the week of March 9, No. 10 was made aware by various people that the official plan would lead to catastrophe. 

Boris Johnson's former-svengali let loose a series of blistering tweets, lambasting the Government's Covid-19 response

Boris Johnson's former-svengali let loose a series of blistering tweets, lambasting the Government's Covid-19 response

Boris Johnson’s former-svengali let loose a series of blistering tweets, lambasting the Government’s Covid-19 response

‘It was then replaced by Plan B. But how  “herd immunity by September” could have been the plan until that week is a fundamental issue in the whole disaster.’ 

And he said that lockdowns by then became essential because the alternative was ‘hundreds of thousands choking to death and no NHS for months for everybody else and economy sunk because everybody hiding in terror, then earlier/harder is better for health and economy…’ 

At a March 12 press conference, Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance told the public it is ‘not possible to stop everybody getting [Covid-19]’. 

In a hint that herd immunity was the Government’s plan, he said: ‘It’s not possible to stop everybody getting it and it’s also actually not desirable because you want some immunity in the population. 

‘We need immunity to protect ourselves from this in the future.’

But just days later, Mr Hancock wrote in The Daily Telegraph: ‘We have a plan, based on the expertise of world-leading scientists. Herd immunity is not a part of it.’   

Nerves were already jangling in Downing Street after the former adviser threatened to release a ‘crucial historical document’ when he gives evidence to the joint committee of MPs on Wednesday examining Mr Johnson’s handling of the pandemic.

One source said that Mr Cummings, who was ousted in November following a power struggle with the Prime Minister’s fiancee Carrie Symonds, said that it would be ‘a brutal take-down of the Boris premiership and how Britain is being governed’.

The source said Mr Cummings did not believe that Boris should be Prime Minister, saying ‘he thinks that he lacks the executive decision-making skills needed in a crisis’ He added: ‘His blood runs cold at the thought of Boris handling a major terrorist attack or similarly serious security threat’.

No 10 sources say they do not know what the ‘crucial historical document’ might be, but warn that releasing whatever it is could potentially put Mr Cummings in breach of the Official Secrets Act. It is understood that Mr Cummings will present the material to the committee just prior to giving evidence and then let the members decide whether to publish it. It would then be covered by Parliamentary privilege.

If Mr Cummings released it himself, he would be exposed to the risk of personal legal action.

Mr Johnson will have to address his allegations almost immediately afterwards when he faces Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in the Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions.

The thrust of Mr Cummings’s evidence will relate to the timings of the lockdowns, the high death toll in care homes and a ‘joke’ borders policy, with Mr Hancock also in Mr Cummings’s firing line over delays in procuring protective equipment and introducing widespread testing.

It comes as Britain’s coronavirus cases creeped up from last week with a further 2,694 people testing positive for the infection today – a rise of 33 per cent.

Cummings' series of Tweets on the Government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis in full

Cummings' series of Tweets on the Government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis in full

Cummings’ series of Tweets on the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis in full

Today’s case total – 667 more than the 2,027 recorded last Saturday – comes as England passes its 50million coronavirus jabs milestone.

A total of 50,246,402 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 21, according to England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 563,468 on the previous day.

Britain’s death toll stands at six today, a decrease of one on the seven recorded this day last week.

A new ‘triple mutant’ Covid variant with a ‘strange combination’ of genes is probed by virologists in Yorkshire – as England’s R rate creeps up to 0.9 amid the spread of the Indian strain.

Londoners in six boroughs are also being checked for the Indian variant amid a surge-testing blitz in the capital, with NHS Test and Trace extending additional testing and genomic sequencing to targeted settings in Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent in west London from today, following the identification of the B1617.2 strain.

Hackney and Hounslow were also previously added to the boroughs offered surge testing and vaccinations following a rise in the Indian and South African variants.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) further announced on Thursday that a vaccine roll-out drive has been ‘bolstered’ in Bedford, Burnley, Kirklees, Leicester and North Tyneside to protect the most vulnerable.

Meanwhile, a programme to test sewage to assess the prevalence of different Covid-19 variants in different regions now covers two thirds of England’s population, the Government has said.

But Boris Johnson delivered a bullish message two days ago over the prospect for relaxing restrictions after a week of anxiety about whether the Indian variant will derail plans, saying he still does not see ‘anything’ in the data that would prevent the easing of lockdown from going ahead as planned. 

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