Second COVID-19 lockdown can be ‘disastrous’, says Boris Johnson

His feedback come as practically two million folks in north-east England face recent restrictions as coronavirus instances within the area improve, in line with the BBC.

Folks in Newcastle, Sunderland and County Durham will seemingly be informed they cannot combine households, whereas pubs will likely be pressured to shut early.

Johnson defended his resolution to limit social gatherings from 30 to simply six folks – a measure which a lot of his personal backbenchers have strongly criticised as too draconian.

Johnson stated COVID-19 was gaining maintain throughout the nation and it was important to defeat it.

Simply final week, he recommended that fast turnaround assessments that may be utilized by the majority of the inhabitants each day might be key to having a traditional Christmas.

He hopes the test-and-release scheme would finally change the present track-and-trace system however poured chilly water on that materialising within the subsequent few months.

“We’re a great distance off I am afraid, or we’re nonetheless a way off, having these instantaneous pregnancy-style liberating assessments that inform you whether or not you are infectious or not,” he stated.

“That is what we’re working for, the science is sort of there,” he stated.

Johnson’s authorities has come beneath heavy criticism because the nation’s coronavirus testing capability has buckled beneath the load of demand with holidaymakers returning dwelling, college students resuming classroom classes and staff urged to return to their workplaces.

Shadow First Secretary Angela Rayner said the next London to Durham trip will be for a COVID test.

Shadow First Secretary Angela Rayner stated the subsequent London to Durham journey will likely be for a COVID check.Credit score:AP

The federal government says there was an “comprehensible” rise in folks looking for assessments to show that they’re damaging and might go about their life and is urging wholesome folks to go away the assessments for under these with signs.


The demand has seen Britons looking for assessments informed to journey lots of of miles to entry the closest accessible one, prompting Angela Rayner, the Deputy Labour Chief, to quip that the “subsequent time a person with COVID-19 signs drives from London to Durham it’ll most likely be for the closest COVID check.”

Rayner made the jibe, referencing Johnson’s controversial chief aide Dominic Cummings who breached lockdown guidelines, throughout Prime Ministers Questions when she was standing in for chief Keir Starmer who was isolating at dwelling.

A complete 221,192 assessments had been processed throughout Britain within the final 24-hour reporting interval and greater than 20 million have been carried out in complete, prompting the federal government to boast that it’s testing greater than another European nation.

Johnson promised that testing capability can be elevated to half one million per day by the top of October.


The Prime Minister expressed fears surge in infections, which elevated by one other 3991 on Wednesday — the best single-day improve since Could — would result in extra deaths.

The UK’s most up-to-date day by day loss of life toll the place an individual who had died and had examined optimistic for COVID-19 inside the final 28 days was 20.

The day by day loss of life fee has remained beneath 20 since mid-July though instances of an infection have been on the rise since at the least August.

The variety of hospitalisations has barely risen over the previous week, with 141 new admissions on Wednesday.

Britain’s inhabitants is sort of 67 million.

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