Discussions about Hancock’s failure to make timely restriction decisions during the epidemic and the length of restrictions began after the WhatsApp messages he shared with journalist Isabel Oakeshott, for whom he was preparing the “Pandemic Diary” book, were leaked to the media.
Oakeshott leaked nearly 100,000 messages to England’s The Telegraph.
Reacting to the leaks of the messages to the press, Hancock said, “This is a huge betrayal and breach of trust.” made a statement.
Hancock, who apologized for the discomfort felt by the people working hard to combat the epidemic, said, “I will not make any further statements about Isabel’s false allegations. I will respond to these allegations in a more appropriate place, in the investigation. Thus, I will give a full and objective statement about what happened in the epidemic and why. based on understanding we can take all the lessons correctly.” used the phrases.
Hancock rejected some of the messages published by The Telegraph on the grounds that they were “manipulated”.
Evaluating these statements to the BBC, Oakeshott stated that he acted in the interest of society and said: “Millions of people, all of us, have been very negatively affected by repeated closures based on weak evidence, often for political reasons.” he said.
Sent special test to MP’s child
After Oakeshott leaked the WhatsApp conversation transcripts he received from Hancock within the scope of the book they prepared together, Hancock’s decisions at that time began to be questioned again in the country.
In the messages published by The Telegraph, it is seen that Hancock’s chief adviser, Chris Whitty, refused the request to be tested for those who came to visit the elderly care homes and only wanted those who came from the hospital to be tested.
In the news that 30,000 people lost their lives in nursing homes in Wales and England in two waves of COVID-19, Hancock rejects Whitty’s request on the grounds that “it will muddy the water”.
Hancock allegedly supported the decision to have all hospice staff, visitors, and residents tested on April 8, 2020, regardless of whether they had symptoms or not, but reversed that decision on April 14.
The practice of testing everyone in nursing homes is decided in July of the same year.
In another message, it is seen that Hancock sent a test kit specially for his child to the house of MP Jacob Rees-Mogg during the COVID-19 test shortage, and then mediated the kit to be taken to the laboratory.