THE Authorities thought-about “exterminating” all pet cats amid fears they could possibly be spreading Covid, a former well being minister has mentioned.
Lord Bethell mentioned the priority about pets underlined how little was identified concerning the illness on the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.
He advised Channel 4 Information: “What we should not overlook is how little we understood about this illness.
“There was a second we had been very unclear about whether or not home pets may transmit the illness.
“Actually, there was an thought at one second that we’d need to ask the general public to exterminate all of the cats in Britain.
“Are you able to think about what would have occurred if we had wished to try this?
“And but, for a second there was a little bit of proof round that in order that needed to be investigated and closed down.”
Lord Bethell was Matt Hancock’s deputy within the Division of Well being and Social Care from 2020 to 2021.
It comes after a Covid row erupted after 100,000 pandemic WhatsApp messages to and from Mr Hancock had been leaked.
In one of many greatest unofficial disclosures of authorities knowledge, it was revealed youngsters in England had been compelled to put on face masks to appease Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
And Mr Hancock stands accused of ignoring scientific recommendation on testing the aged and frail transferring into care houses.
Final evening, Downing Avenue was at panic stations amid fears Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could be dragged into the row over the messages, leaked to the Every day Telegraph.
And Mr Hanock’s allies mentioned he was contemplating authorized motion over claims he ignored pleas from the nation’s high physician, Prof Sir Chris Whitty, to check these getting into care houses from the neighborhood.
His spokesman mentioned it was “flat fallacious” he had rejected the thought of giving Covid exams to everybody.
In keeping with the messages, on the time in 2020 Mr Hancock insisted it was “not at the moment attainable” to check all arrivals in care houses.
Regardless of saying testing for all was “clearly a great, constructive step” he then advised an aide it “muddies the water”, with exams mandatory just for these coming from hospital.
Figures present greater than 43,000 care house residents died of Covid between 2020 and 2022.
Ex-Sunday Occasions journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who beforehand described lockdowns as an “unmitigated catastrophe,” mentioned she leaked the messages as she feared the official Covid inquiry can be a “colossal whitewash”.
Lord Bethell dismissed claims Covid choices had been made by way of messaging.
He mentioned: “This partial glimpse provides a deceptive impression.”