Government feared closing borders at start of COVID outbreak would be seen as racist, Dominic Cummings says

Government officials feared closing the UK’s borders at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak would be seen as racist, Dominic Cummings has claimed.

Cummings, as part of damning evidence given to MPs about Downing Street's handling of the pandemic on Wednesday, suggested such a move would be seen as “blaming China”, where the virus originated.

Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser was appearing at a mammoth joint meeting of the House of Commons health and social care and science and technology committees.

Cummings said of the UK’s border policy before April last year: “We were all told repeatedly, the advice is not to close the border, that essentially it would have no effect.

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