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Coronavirus: Cummings row ‘undermines trust in government and more people will die’ scientist says

Scientists have told reporters that situations such as the Dominic Cummings scandal have ‘undermined’ any trust and that ‘more people will die’ as a consequence.

Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), came forward to say that ‘any efforts to control the virus have been damaged’ after the British public witnessed numerous officials breaking rules regarding corona lockdown and putting other’s lives at risk.

Prof Reicher stated: “If you look at the research it shows the reason why people observed lockdown was not for themselves, it wasn’t because they were personally at risk, they did it for the community, they did it because of a sense of ‘we’re all in this together’.

“If you give the impression there’s one rule for them and one rule for us, you fatally undermine that sense of ‘we’re all in this together’ and you undermine adherence to the forms of behaviour which have got us through this crisis.”

It is feared the public will give up any motivation to adhere to social distancing and to flout rules themselves.

He added: “The real issue here is that because of these actions, because of undermining trust in the government, because of undermining adherence to the rules that we all need to follow, people are going to die.

PM Boris Johnson said yesterday that his aide Mr Cummings acted ‘reasonably and legally.”

Professor Reicher however said: “More people are going to die.”

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