(Source: The Telegraph)
In a press conference beamed across the nation on March 12, a bullish Boris Johnson announced that the Government's coronavirus strategy was to "flatten the peak" of cases – or, in the Prime Minister's more flamboyant words – to "squash the sombrero".
The goal, Mr Johnson explained, was not to suppress the virus entirely, but to keep infections at a lowish level to avoid overwhelming health services and prevent a deadly second wave.
At that point, just eight people had died in Britain from the virus out of the 590 who had tested positive. Lockdown was more than 10 days away, and the Government was still hoping herd immunity could be achieved.
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