The UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel leaves after a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in London on March 17, 2020 [Will Oliver/EPA-EFE]

“I am sorry if people feel there have been failings.” This was the non-apology issued earlier this week by the UK’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, in response to anger at the government’s failure to contain coronavirus.

More than 12,000 people have now died from coronavirus in the UK, which has the steepest death rate curve in Europe, with more fatalities on a daily basis than any other country on the continent.

The UK government’s approach to the outbreak has evolved rapidly. Its initial approach of not introducing a lockdown and, instead hoping enough people would catch the virus to create a “herd immunity” was

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