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How Boris Johnson changed his priorities: save lives first and then salvage the economy, given the UK Governments initial strategy was prepared to sacrifice weak and elderly to prevent too much damage to the economy.

There was a moment when the decisions were made when they wondered what on earth they had done, how far they had been forced to go. A moment when they sat “shellshocked”, reflecting on choices that will change Britain for the rest of our lives. “It took us the weekend to get ourselves into the emotional position where we were comfortable taking the decisions we took,” a minister said. “They were massive.”