Former advisor Mr Cummings has now turned on his former boss at Number 10 and launched a savage attack on Mr Johnson's handling of the pandemic. Mr Cummings believes the Prime Minister should have learned from the strict lockdowns of East Asian countries and blocked entry from India earlier to stop the variant from over-running the country. He said that Number 10 was "totally hostile to learning from East Asia" over the course of the pandemic, which resulted in a reluctance to close the UK's borders and halt the spread of deadly coronavirus mutations.
The former advisor to Mr Johnson has echoed calls from scientists of the Independent Sage group who have urged a delay on lifting the lockdown restrictions in England, because of the alarming rate at which the Indian variant has spread through the nation.
Mr Cummings has now opposed the Prime Minister's lockdown easing plan and has supported Professor Pagel who urges the Government to take a “precautionary principle” instead of lifting restrictions on May 17.
Timothy Gowers, a director of research at the University of Cambridge, tweeted: “Even if there’s only a 20 percent chance that Prof Pagel is right, the cost of another big wave is much higher than the cost of delaying the next stage of the roadmap.”
Mr Cummings also accused the UK Government of showing a lack of transparency during the