Economy

Reuters reveals how PM Johnson's scientists slow to sound the alarm on coronavirus

Reuters reveals how PM Johnson's scientists slow to sound the alarm on coronavirus

In a Special Report, Reuters revealed how British Prime Minister Boris Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus – but they were slow to sound the alarm. Interviews with more than 20 British scientists, key officials and senior sources in Johnson’s Conservative Party, and a study of minutes of advisory committee meetings and public testimony and documents, show how scientific advisers concluded early the virus could be devastating. But the interviews and documents also revealed that for more than two months, the scientists whose advice guided Downing Street did not clearly signal their worsening fears to the public or the government.