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Boris Johnson had to be talked out of meeting the Queen early on in the pandemic, ex-adviser claims

July 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Boris Johnson's former chief adviser has claimed that the Prime Minister tried to maintain his weekly face-to-face audiences with Queen Elizabeth during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the elderly monarch being vulnerable to the virus.

London (CNN)Boris Johnson's former chief adviser has claimed that the Prime Minister tried to maintain his weekly face-to-face audiences with Queen Elizabeth during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the elderly monarch being vulnerable to the virus.

Dominic Cummings, who resigned late last year, told the BBC that he had to convince Johnson not to visit the Queen, who was then 93, at the outset of the pandemic in the UK in March 2020.

According to Cummings, Johnson said: "I'm going to see the Queen . . .

During the session with MPs, he said on the record that Johnson would rather see "bodies pile high" than impose lockdown restrictions, that the Prime Minister failed to take the disease seriously at the earliest stages of the pandemic, and at one stage offered to have England's chief medical officer "inject him with Covid" live on air to prove it was nothing to worry about.

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