Boris Johnson to mark anniversary of lockdown by skipping Cobra meeting and shaking hands with Covid patients in ICU

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that he will mark the first anniversary of lockdown in the traditional fashion by failing to attend a crucial Cobra meeting and then visiting a local hospital to shake hands with Covid patients in intensive care.

“Can it really be a year since we went into lockdown? Time flies,” Johnson told BBC News.

“It seems like only yesterday that I skipped those five cobra meetings on the pandemic, ignored all the warnings from Italy and visited that hospital and shook hands with everyone.

“A couple of weeks later I was in intensive care myself – what a plum! You’ve got to laugh.

“Anyway, there’s another Cobra meeting due today to discuss the implications of the third wave on mainland Europe. It’s vital that I attend but Carrie’s been on at me to choose the wallpaper for the Downing Street flat, so I’ll probably have to blow the Cobra thing off or she’ll go bonkers!

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“After that, I’ll probably stand outside number 10 and clap or hold a minutes silence or something and then maybe send some Covid patients into a care home, just for old times’ sake.

“The important thing is I can look back at the decisions we’ve made in the last 12 months and hold my head high. We said that 20,000 deaths would be a good outcome but due to our handling of the crisis we’ve actually achieved more than 6 times that target.

“Great work team. Well done!”

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