https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55820178 Covid-19: 'Poor decisions' to blame for UK death toll, scientists say Published 34 minutes ago "A legacy of poor decisions" by the UK before and during the pandemic led to one of the worst death rates in the world, scientists have said. Labour also criticised "monumental mistakes" by the prime minister in delaying acting on scientific advice over lockdowns three times. After UK deaths passed 100,000, Boris Johnson said he took "full responsibility" for the actions taken. But he said it was too soon to learn the lessons from the pandemic response. Prof Linda Bauld, public health expert from the University of Edinburgh, said the UK's current position was "a legacy of poor decisions that were taken when we eased restrictions". She told the BBC the lack of focus on test and trace and the "absolute inability to recognise" the need to address international travel had also led to a more deadly winter surge. Prof Sir Michael Marmot, who carried out a review of inequalities in Covid-19 deaths, said the UK had entered the pandemic "in a bad state" with rising health inequality, a slowdown in life expectancy improvements and a lack of investment in the public sector. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth rejected Mr Johnson's claim that he had done "everything we could" to minimise the death toll, adding: "I do not accept that." Why is the UK's death toll so bad? Kuenssberg: Grim milestone in an abnormal year Coronavirus: Your tributes to those who have died 'Hard to compute sorrow' of 100,000 deaths - PM He said the prime minister had been given scientific advice to impose lockdowns and "pushed that back" - not only in March but again in September and December. The government also failed to create a working contact-tracing system, did not introduce effective health controls at the borders and still did not offer "proper sick pay", he said. At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson said: "I mourn every death in this pandemic and we share the grief of all those who have been bereaved. I and the government take full responsibility for all the actions we have taken to fight this pandemic." He said there would be time to reflect on the decisions taken, but he did not think the right time was in the middle of the pandemic when "37,000 people are struggling with Covid in our hospitals". The government needed to focus on keeping the virus under control and continuing the fastest vaccine roll-out in Europe, he said.