Chief scientist 'told off' for early lockdown plea

In an email uncovered by a BBC Freedom of Information request, Sir Patrick reveals he was given a In an email uncovered by a BBC Freedom of Information request, Sir Patrick reveals he was given a "telling off" from other senior officials.

Some scientists argue lives could have been saved had a lockdown been introduced earlier. The government insists there was "no delay".

In a statement, the Department of Health and Social Care said government policy had been "guided by the advice of world-renowned scientists".

The UK has one of the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita in the world, though officials insist it's too early to draw accurate comparisons with other countries. The Department for Health and Social Care insists there was no delay in locking down.

The email obtained by the BBC appears to be a discussion of a

in May criticising the delays in announcing a lockdown in March.

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