Donald Trump: UK’s initial virus plan would have been ‘catastrophic’

Apr 1, 2020 10:30 PM ET

US President Donald Trump said last night that the UK was facing “catastrophic” results before it changed strategy in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.

In a briefing at the White House, the US president claimed the British government had “put themselves in a little bit of a problem” over its original plan to tackle COVID-19 that involved the country developing herd immunity.

Trump said: “A lot of people were saying: ‘Let’s just ride it out’.

“This is not to be ridden out because then you would have been looking at potentially 2.2 million people [dying in the US]or more… in a relatively short period of time.

“If you remember, they were looking at that concept – I guess it’s a concept if you don’t mind death, a lot of death – but they were looking at that in the UK, remember.

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