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Politics latest news: Matt Hancock hits back against Dominic Cummings, insisting ‘I have been straight’

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The scientist whose modelling was modelling was instrumental in persuading Boris Johnson to bring in the first lockdown has appeared to back up claims made by Dominic Cummings about the lack of a plan in mid-March. 

Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London,  said scientists had become increasingly concerned in the week leading up to March 13 2020 about the lack of a clear plan, and 20,000 to 30,000 lives could have been saved with earlier action.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I would say from the scientific side there was increasing concern that week leading up to the 13 of March about the lack of clear, let’s say, resolved plans of what would happen in the next few days in terms of implementing social distancing.”

Prof Ferguson added: “As we saw the data build up, and it was matching the modelling, even worse than the modelling, let’s say it focused minds”.

Locking down a week earlier would have “unarguably” saved 20,000 to…

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