Boris Johnson has had an incredibly difficult year, full of twists and turns. The UK’s Prime Minister spent the past year taking his country out of the European Union, got divorced, and then engaged. And that’s not all.
He also spent time in intensive care thanks to contracting COVID-19 after enduring months of criticism of how he handled coronavirus—and then he had a baby.
One of the biggest issues Johnson faced is how his government didn’t seem to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously. There was no adequate testing in place, they didn’t initiate lockdown until it was too late and then they obsessively tried to handle the developing crisis from London.
The end result is that the UK suffered the most deaths in Europe. Not only that, but they also had the fifth most amount of deaths in the world. This is according to Johns Hopkins University.
Another issue at hand is that while the coronavirus pandemic was unfolding, Johnson’s government also suffered multiple scandals. This included protests that resulted over nationwide confusion regarding schoolchildren’s exam results to Johnson’s chief adviser being accused of breaking lockdown rules.
One thing that is vital for Johnson is overseeing a successful start for a new school year in England after he failed to get children back to school earlier in the summer.
Johnson spoke out about how “vitally important” it is for children to be able to return to school safely after months of disruption.
“I have previously spoken about the moral duty to reopen schools to all pupils safely and I would like to thank the school staff who have spent the summer months making classrooms COVID-secure in preparation for a full return in September.”
Although Johnson would like to see children back in school, there is still a risk of a spike in coronavirus cases.
Simon Clarke, associated professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading said, “All of these things could help the virus spread again, as potential contacts will be significantly increased. People might think they have a normal winter cough or cold and take the virus into work, school or university.”
And finally, Johnson also faces pressure over Brexit challenges lie ahead. While both sides say they’re committed to reaching an agreement, talks since then haven’t progressed significantly in any timely manner.