Johnson lies again: claim ‘no one knew’ Covid was spread without symptoms is false

By now it should be common knowledge that Boris Johnson’s relationship with factual accuracy is based entirely on his mood.

And his mood at the moment is more cavalier than normal.

Already this week he has blamed the enormous number of Covid-19 deaths at care homes on their bosses, when we all know his government was responsible.

Now he’s trying to pretend we didn’t know that the virus could be spread by people who didn’t display any obvious symptoms.

He’s wrong – as he would have known if he had attended any SAGE meetings, or indeed COBRA meetings.

And he should definitely have been briefed on the fact since those meetings took place.

So it seems clear that he is lying, not just by saying scientists and doctors didn’t know the disease could be spread this way, but about his own understanding of it as well.

Boris Johnson’s claim that ‘no one knew’ coronavirus was spread by patients without symptoms is untrue.

In fact, ministers were warned in January that the virus was being transmitted asymptomatically.

It comes after the PM faced fury after claiming care homes had failed to follow guidelines to prevent the crisis.

Accused of trying to shift blame onto care home owners and frontline workers, the Prime Minister claimed: “No one knew early on in the pandemic that the virus was being passed on asymptomatically.”

But this is untrue.

Minutes of a meeting of the government’s SAGE advisory group on January 28 reveal experts noted asymptomatic transmission was occurring.

Source: Boris Johnson’s claim ‘no one knew’ coronavirus was spread without symptoms is untrue – Mirror Online

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