Johnson, Starmer clash over ‘circuit-breaker’

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2020

Sir Keir's decision to back a short lockdown has fractured the fragile consensus on the coronavirus response that existed at Westminster, and in the Commons he suggested the Prime Minister's failure to follow scientific advice had cost lives.

Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it may be too late to implement a two-week circuit-breaker over the October school half-term but that December could be an option.

Some scientists have warned the newly announced three-tier local-alert system does not go far enough, and only universal measures have any chance of curbing the second wave of the virus.

"And the advice that I have today is that if we do the regional approach that commended itself to the House, and indeed to the right honourable gentleman (Keir Starmer) on Monday, we can bring down the arc and we can bring down the virus".

He said: "The Government's plan simply isn't working".

Local authorities also said the United Kingdom government was not offering enough financial support to mitigate the economic impact of such a move.

Drakeford did not set any dates for further restrictions, but has "called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to convene a Cobra meeting so that all four United Kingdom nations could discuss the measure", the BBC reports.

Social media showed the images, including one video of a police vehicle slowly moving through the crowd as partiers banged on the side of the auto.

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The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, wrote on Twitter: "These images shame our city, it is unacceptable to attack our courageous police officers".

"Our health service is creaking, 300 in hospital and 30 people dead in week".

And he urged Sir Keir to "get on to his Labour friends in those parts of the north of England where we want to work with them to put those very stringent measures in place in order to deliver the reductions that the whole country wants to see".

The comments came as Northern Ireland on Wednesday introduced the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom, closing schools, pubs and restaurants to slow the spread of the virus.

It would include schools closing for two weeks with pubs and restaurants shutting, apart from takeaways.

The announcement came after talks between political parties in the region's power-sharing government, which ran from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.

'The number of COVID cases has quadrupled in the last three weeks, ' he said.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Northern Ireland has recorded 1,156 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, compared with 995 in Wales, 960 in England and 755 in Scotland. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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