21 Apr 2020

UK coronavirus response: how the big decisions were made

Political Editor

Boris Johnson put Britain into lockdown four weeks ago. But should he have acted earlier?

As the virus tore through China and then seeded in Europe, the government turned to its scientific advisers to lead our response. But unlike other countries that swiftly imposed lockdowns to contain the virus, at first Britain sought only to slow its spread.

In the first part of an investigative series looking into how we got here, our political editor Gary Gibbon reports.