UK Paper: Johnson Ignored Warnings, Skipped Meetings

Axios reports:

A 5,000-word exposé by the Sunday Times of London — “38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster” — finds that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, distracted by personal turmoil and his Brexit victory lap, skipped five early crisis briefings (Cobra meetings) on the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Warnings issued in January and repeated in February fell on “deaf ears,” according to the Sunday Times, with the lost time potentially costing thousands of British lives.

The big picture: The U.K. government held its first Cobra meeting on Jan. 24, sensing the looming threat as the virus had spread from China to at least six known countries.

The original report is behind a paywall.