Rishi Sunak is alleged to have suggested a passive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic,

stating "just let people die" instead of implementing a second lockdown,

, as revealed in the ongoing inquiry into the UK's pandemic response. According to Patrick Vallance's diary entry from October 25, 2020,

Dominic Cummings relayed Sunak's viewpoint during a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The inquiry, investigating the government's actions during the crisis, is set to run until 2026. Sunak,

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, attempting to distance himself from Johnson's leadership, may face challenges as evidence emerges.

Earlier criticisms include his "Dr. Death" label for the "Eat Out to Help Out" policy, criticized for potentially spreading the virus.