A major Chinese propaganda outlet has labelled the UK’s efforts to contain the coronavirus as a ‘mess’.
Beijing’s state-controlled Global Times claimed that Britain would need a ‘miracle’ to get out of the health crisis as it condemned London‘s response to COVID-19 as ‘flippant’ and ‘ill-prepared’.
The Communist newspaper slammed Boris Johnson for telling people to go back to work before setting up a track-and-tracing system. It accused the Prime Minister of prioritising the economy over virus control.
The Global Times, a Chinese state-controlled newspaper, has accused the Prime Minister of prioritising the economy over virus control in a scathing column. The paper labelled the UK’s efforts to contain COVID-19 as a ‘mess’ and said Britain would need a ‘miracle’ to get out of it
Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that lockdown was easing and people should return to work if they could in a plan to reboot the UK’s economy.
The Government yesterday announced 494 more COVID-19 deaths, taking the official number of victims in the country past 33,000.
Britain now has the world’s second-highest death toll, after the United States and ahead of Italy.
Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that lockdown was easing and people should return to work if they could in a plan to reboot UK’s economy. Pictured, a woman wears a protective face mask walks on a platform at Clapham Common underground station in London on Thursday
The UK yesterday announced 494 more COVID-19 deaths, taking the official number of victims in the country past 33,000. Britain now has the world’s second-highest COVID-19 death toll
The Global Times dished out the harsh criticism against the UK in a commentary published yesterday.
It referred to a column run by the Guardian on Sunday, in which author Simon Tisdall called Britain ‘the sick man of Europe’.
The Global Times said: ‘It is startling to see the UK, once on which the sun never set, acting poorly in this global fight against the deadly coronavirus.’
It went on to blast the Government’s initial strategy, known as ‘herd immunity’. It accused that the UK ‘wasted a few weeks’ time when China fought hard against the virus’.
The Global Times has slammed the West, especially the US, nearly every day amid the global coronavirus outbreak. Its editor-in-chief is pictured in the newspaper’s office in this file photo
China’s President Xi (pictured on March 10 in Wuhan) is facing widespread doubts that his government has covered up the true scale of the outbreak after it emerged in December
The Chinese commentary then denounced Boris Johnson’s coronavirus exit strategy, saying a contact-tracing system should have been in place before the move.
‘Scholarly analyses have all suggested that the UK government’s response to the crisis was as flippant and ill-prepared as that of the US…’ wrote the author without naming relevant studies.
Britain is currently trialling a ‘test, track and trace’ app on the Isle of Wight in a three-part plan to prevent a second wave. The app works via Bluetooth and will alert people if they have been in close contact with someone who later fell ill with COVID-19.
Britain is currently trialling a ‘test, track and trace’ app on the Isle of Wight. Pictured, a resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the newly released software on May 8
Wrapping up the scathing opinion piece, the Global Times claimed that Britain’s resources had gone to waste due to the Government’s decisions.
It said: ‘The UK is not supposed to end up like this. After all, it is where the Industrial Revolution started. It has abundant capital and medical resources.
‘To put it in Chinese proverbs, it didn’t play well despite having good cards in hand.’
Billed as China’s ‘most belligerent tabloid’, the Global Times has been at the forefront of defending Beijing’s actions and castigating the West, especially the United States, over its criticism against the Community Party.
In another column yesterday, the paper said that ‘some US politicians have totally lost their minds’ after the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security accused Chinese hackers of stealing coronavirus vaccine research data from America.
The coronavirus pandemic first emerged in the city of Wuhan in central China last December.
So far, it has killed more than 297,000 people and infected over 4.3 million around the world.