Boris Johnson ‘orders preparations to avoid second national lockdown’
Boris Johnson has ordered officials to work-up a plan for avoiding a secondnational lockdown, according to reports.
The Prime Minister is consideringasking the elderly to shield once again and is mulling lockdown-likeconditions for London should there be a second wave of coronavirus infections,The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times said.
The claims come after MrJohnson was forced to announce a slow down of the lockdown easing on Friday,with planned relaxations for the leisure and beauty sectors delayed after arise in Covid-19 cases was recorded, with prevalence in the community thoughtto be rising for the first time since May.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the Prime Minister of being “out oftouch” with the experiences of parents with school-age children. He alsosuggested the Government had not done enough to assist struggling firms witheconomic support.
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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer questioned why Boris Johnson said the test andtrace system has “very little or nothing” to do with the spread or thetransmission of Covid-19, after previously hailing it as a game changer. SirKeir asked in the Commons: “Both positions cannot be right – which one is itPrime Minister?” Mr Johnson replied: “It is an obvious fact of biology andepidemiology that alas this disease is transmitted by human contact or aerosolcontact.
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Boris Johnson has criticised opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer describing his “continual attacks” on Baroness Dido Harding as “unseemly and unjustified”. Sir Keir accused the prime minister of confusion over testing capacity with Baroness Harding and Matt Hancock giving different explanations regarding problems in Covid-19 testing. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier arrives by Eurostar at St PancrasInternational station, London, for informal talks with the UK Government, asefforts continue to strike a post-Brexit trade deal.
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Evidence of panic buying was apparent this evening in a UK supermarket in London ahead of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech on Tuesday announcing new Coronavirus restrictions after the biggest..