Health minister criticised for comparing responses to Covid-19 and Olympics

Lord Bethell urged to apologise for making comparison with preparations for London 2012

A health minister has been urged to apologise after he predicted the UK will look back at its Covid-19 response “like the Olympics” and be “extremely proud”.

Lord Bethell was asked at a Conservative party conference fringe event where the UK would rank in the world in terms of its response to the pandemic. In his answer, he drew a comparison between the preparations made for the London 2012 Olympic Games and this year’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus.

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