Johnson denies saying he would rather see ‘bodies piled high’ than third Covid lockdown

Bereaved families call PM’s alleged comment ‘a punch in the stomach to all those grieving’

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Boris Johnson has denied he said he would rather see bodies piled “high in their thousands” than order a third lockdown, an alleged comment that bereaved relatives described as “a punch in the stomach to all those grieving”.

Johnson said it was “total, total rubbish” that he had said those words. He said: “What I certainly think is that this country has done an amazing job with the lockdowns. And they’ve been very difficult. And they’ve been very tough for people. And there’s no question about that.

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