But he was told that he had to learn from his mistakes if we were to save lives in a new peak feared in September.
Emma Norris, of the Institute for Government, said: “A quick review is essential to be better prepared. The government must learn lessons now if it is to make adjustments and help save lives in the event of a second wave.
“This exercise should be launched as soon as possible, reporting by early fall and sharing the findings with the public.”
And she says the panel should be made up of public health experts, epidemiologists and Whitehall officials, along with an independent chair.
It would examine EPI failures, test failures and fiasco traces, disasters in nursing homes and how the lock is lifted.
The Prime Minister declined calls for an immediate investigation, saying that while there will be time to learn lessons, he has been “proud” of managing the pandemic.
He also rejected any investigation into the help of Dominic Cummings who flouted the lock by driving 260 miles to Durham.
Professor Neil Ferguson, predictor of the pandemic, said the “R” transmission rate must be less than 0.65 to avoid a second wave. It is currently averaging 0.8, but the position is “uncertain” in the future.
That’s why Nightingale hospitals were put on ice rather than closed.
Professor Ferguson, from Imperial College London, added: “We have a bit of room for manoeuvre, but it will be a learning experience as to how we allow society to regain control while maintaining control of transmission.”
An investigation would also answer the question of whether the two-metre social distancing can be reduced to a single one – a measure that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considers questionable.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Uk’s Chief Scientific Adviser, said: “A minute’s contact at two metres is about the same risk as six seconds to one.”
The United Kingdom has the second highest mortality rate of any major country in the world with 611 per million inhabitants, behind Belgium 833.
Nearly 300,000 people have been infected and 20,000 have died in nursing homes.
By September, local authority suppliers will have to face a bill of 6.6 billion euros, including 4 billion euros for the EPP, 1 billion euros for staff and 700 million euros for thorough cleaning. But the government provided only half of the funding for the necessary social care.
The spread of the virus was attributed to an early test failure. At the height of the pandemic, the United Kingdom conducted 10.13 tests for 1,000 people, compared to 32.73 in Italy, 31 in Ireland and 30.4 in Germany.
The relaxation of the locking rules could cause a second outbreak of viruses by the end of August” that is higher and lasts longer than the first,” says mathematician Dr David Glass of the University of Ulster.
That could mean an additional 60,000 deaths, up from 41,662 so far – up from 181 yesterday. Dr Glass added: “The possibility of additional relaxation is very limited.”
And former chief scientific adviser Sir David King accused the government of “mage,” saying “it’s going too fast in easing the lockdown.”