Lockdown could be reimposed regionally, Jenrick warns, as Prime Minister prepares to lift some measures

Regional "micro-communities" might have restrictions reimposed, as part of Government plans to lift social distancing, Robert Jenrick has said. 

The Communities Secretary said while it was Downing Street's "strong preference to move as one" as the UK starts to relax the lockdown, they may make "smaller interventions" in hot spots if there is a surge in cases.  

Earlier this week a Government source suggested that if authorities saw "spikes in specific regions of the country you could reimpose restrictions on regional basis". The NHS app currently being trialled in the Isle of Wight tells hospitals to prepare if a surge in cases  is detected. 

2020欧洲杯网站Mr Jenrick also confirmed that the UK's death toll had gone above 30,000 for the first time. 

2020欧洲杯网站And he highlighted Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Sunday speech, where it is expected that some measures will be removed as early as Monday. 

2020欧洲杯网站Read more below.    

That's it for another day: Keep going

2020欧洲杯网站It's been another busy day in Westminster and virtual parliament, closing with the sobering news that more than 30,000 people have now died in the UK. 

2020欧洲杯网站Elsewhere Matt Hancock was left speechless by Professor Neil Ferguson's breach of social distancing measures. 

2020欧洲杯网站Boris Johnson confirmed his roadmap address will take place on Sunday - and that new measures will be brought in as early as Monday. 

2020欧洲杯网站And the PM finally got to joust with the new Labour leader Keir Starmer - although without the usual support of his backbenchers. 

The blog will be back up from 8am tomorrow. Until then, in the new ubiquitous message of Number 10 - keep going. 

Jenrick: Coronavirus likely to hit deprived communities hardest

Robert Jenrick closes by recommitting to the levelling up agenda, which he says will become even more important as disadvantaged areas are more likely to be hit hardest by the economic impacts of coronavirus. 

"That is why we will return with gusto to the levelling up agenda," he says. 

2020欧洲杯网站We want to do more for North Yorkshire, the Humber and other parts of the north of England, he says. Towns will get the funding they need for skills and infrastructure

2020欧洲杯网站"That work will be more important than ever as we begin to rebuild and recover the economy, and move forward with the life of the country."

Doyle: Coronavirus app will help get back to 'change normal'

Asked about the impact of the lockdown on the tourist industry in Cornwall, Robert Jenrick points to the measures announced by the Treasury so far. He also notes Cornwall council has been one of the best at getting grants out. 

The Government will consider further interventions if required. 

2020欧洲杯网站In terms of lifting the social distancing measures Yvonne Doyle points to the app that is being trialled in the Isle of Wight will help lift the lockdown, although stresses it will be gradual and "a changed normal". 

2020欧洲杯网站That national programme is being launched this month, she says. 

Jenrick: Non-residential schools don't require PPE

Robert Jenrick says the phased reopening of schools will happen when the time is right. 

Non residential education settings don't require PPE, he says. 

Yvonne Doyle says there has been a lot of debate about face masks and they are probably helpful in protecting other people from yourself, but it is a whole package of measures, including handwashing and not touching your face. 

No one is rushing to do this prematurely, she says. We are looking at other countries to see how they do it. 

2020欧洲杯网站Teachers are key worker and can have tests if they feel well, when they should not be working. 

Jenrick: Lockdown may be reimposed in regional hot spots

Asked if there will be a regional difference to lockdown being lifted, Robert Jenrick says it is the Government's strong preference to move as one.

But if it is required to make smaller interventions, in regional hot spots, or "micro communities", that is something we will consider. 

He adds this is quite different to making major changes to the lockdown in one part of the country and not others. 

Kanani: Coronavirus shift has 'revolutionised' NHS working

Asked about the backlog of cancer treatment, Nikita Kanani said the NHS had to step away from normal services as they prioritised coronavirus. 

But this has revolutionised things - technology and new ways of caring for patients. 

2020欧洲杯网站But things are getting back on track, and people such as the sick child mentioned by the journalist will now be prioritised. 

Jenrick: Government will stand behind local councils

2020欧洲杯网站Robert Jenrick says Government will stand behind local councils to ensure they can carry out the "absolutely critical function" they are playing in the crisis right now. 

2020欧洲杯网站He points to the £3.2bn that has been committed so councils don't have to choose between responding to the virus and public services such as refuse collections. If more is needed, the Government will consider this.

He said lower tiered councils have been prioritised and should receive £1m or more to help with Covid expenditure and the big parish councils have been asked to speak with principle councils to ensure it flows down. 

Jenrick: Ministers talking to faith leaders about restarting services

2020欧洲杯网站Asked when people will be free to worship again, Robert Jenrick says he know it has been difficult for various faith groups, pointing to Jewish families being apart for their Seder meals, Christians being apart for Easter and now Muslims being apart during Ramadan. 

It is right that we stick to the medical advice, however much it goes against our religious traditions and beliefs. 

2020欧洲杯网站We are in conversation with faith leaders to consider how and when to recommence services. But that moment is not now. 

Conversations are also taking place about funerals, saying no one wants to see scenes with no one present. 

That isn't right and we have updated our guidance, he adds. 

Doyle: Excess deaths the best judge of how we have been hit

Robert Jenrick's first question from a member of the public is about those global comparisons. 

2020欧洲杯网站He says it is reassuring we haven't seen those scenes of hospitals overrun that we saw in Italy. 

But there will be lessons to be learned - although it is too soon. 

Yvonne Doyle agrees, saying we are not comparing like with like as we do not know what each country is measuring. 

Excess deaths will give a better sense of how we have been hit, and it's a comparable measure internationally. 

Doyle: Probably a year before comparisons can be made

2020欧洲杯网站Yvonne Doyle repeats what we heard yesterday about the increase in motor vehicles, reminding people to stay at home and not "interact too much". 

New cases have increased, but she says while this may be a matter of concern it is because of the increase in tests. 

Tests

The news about the number of people in hospital is "generally very good", although she notes again that the North West still has more cases than in London. 

2020欧洲杯网站Critical care bed usage by people with coronavirus has dropped to less than a third. 

2020欧洲杯网站The number of deaths is still "very very sad", but it is slowly coming down, she says. The 649 was a "slow decline". 

Number of deaths

Prof Doyle says it will take "probably a year" for comparisons to be made accurately. 

Kanani: Your NHS is still here for you

2020欧洲杯网站Nikita Kanani says it is difficult, noting that she has a relative who is shielding and is home schooling her children. 

A GP, she pays tribute to her colleagues and others including the "unsung heroes" such as pharmacists. 

She says it might feel difficult, but you must feel your NHS is still here for you and urges people to get in touch if they need anything. 

Jenrick: VE will be celebrated from home

2020欧洲杯网站Robert Jenrick is turning to VE day - saying sadly we will have to mark this event from home. 

2020欧洲杯网站A veteran told him that as we rebuilt and recovered then, we will do so again, he adds. 

Jenrick: Ministers will support regional plans to 'restart and recover'

Work on building sites is "slowly starting to resume", Robert Jenrick says and he urges any owners to do likewise "as soon as it is practical". 

As we look ahead to supporting businesses as they reopen, his department will lead work to help them adapt, recover and grow, he adds, pointing to the PM's Sunday address. 

Every local economy now needs a plan to restart and recover. 

That will include how workplaces can be adapted, how outdoor spaces can be managed and how public transport can operate. 

They are considering how to amke it easier to walk or cycle to work, and will support those areas that have been hit particularly hard. 

Jenrick urges people to buy a newspaper warning of 'significant financial pressure'

The Communities Secretary explains that today's press conference is being targeted at the regional papers.

2020欧洲杯网站A free country needs a free press, says Robert Jenrick, noting that many are under "significant financial pressure". 

2020欧洲杯网站He urges everyone to buy a paper if they can.

He talks about the local taskforces, made up of emergency services, health bodies and others including military planners. 

Mr Jenrick says the combined expertise ensures a comprehensive, coordinate and consistent response across the country. LRFs have helped deliver 67m PPE items since early April in England alone. 

Jenrick: 30,076 people have died 

Robert Jenrick is joined by Prof Yvonne Doyle and Nikita Kanani today.

2020欧洲杯网站The Communities Secretary confirms that fewer  than 70,000 tests were carried out yesterday - missing that 100,000 target yet again - and that as of yesterday, 30,076 people have now died.

That is an addition of 649 people, he says. 

 

Sturgeon warns PM over lockdown pace

Nicola Sturgeon has warned Boris Johnson he must ease lockdown restrictions at a slow pace that suits Scotland if he wants her to adopt the same approach, Simon Johnson writes.

In a 'four nations' conference call hosted by Michael Gove, Ms Sturgeon said the Prime Minister must "go at the pace" of the parts of the UK currently highest in the pandemic's 'curve'.

She argued that "no part" of the UK must not be forced to lift restrictions before they were ready, merely because other areas were further along the downward slope. Read the full story here.

Let's Keep Going: The new Downing Street message?

Although he wasn't giving much away about what we will hear from Boris Johnson on Sunday, the Prime Minister's spokesman did acknowledge that the messaging would change (see 2:44pm). 

2020欧洲杯网站Asked if it would become "Stay Safe" instead of "Stay Home", he noted that a "variety of messaging" has been used since the start of the outbreak.

2020欧洲杯网站Here's another possibility, which was put out on the Prime Minister's Twitter feed yesterday - a good focus group in these virtual times - receiving 8,500 likes. 

He put the same message out the day before, with even more likes - 12,500. 

 

Was it coronavirus - or just a cold? 

2020欧洲杯网站In lobby earlier today, Downing Street made it clear they believe we are still far from having a reliable antibody test.

But Miranda Levy was one of the first people in the UK to receive the new state-of-the-art ELISA test - and was desperate for a positive result. Read her story here.

Rees-Mogg: Hancock's 'tone' jibe just part of Commons cut and thrust 

2020欧洲杯网站Jacob Rees-Mogg has refused to apologise on behalf of Matt Hancock for asking a shadow minister to watch her "tone". 

Yesterday Labour's shadow health minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan clashed with Mr Hancock and said the Government's coronavirus testing strategy had "cost lives".

2020欧洲杯网站But the Health Secretary rubbished her claims and she "might do well to take a leaf out of the shadow secretary of state's book in terms of tone".

Shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz asked her counterpart to apologise, but Mr Rees-Mogg refused and said the comment made by Mr Hancock was part of the normal "cut and thrust" of political debate.

2020欧洲杯网站He told MPs: "I think the Health Secretary is doing a simply magnificent job.

"I think we are very lucky to have somebody who has shown such a personal commitment and effort and hard work in the job he has done, and in minimising and dealing with the effects of this terrible and unexpected, unprecedented crisis.

2020欧洲杯网站"Therefore, I am not going to ask him to apologise and I'm going to say in the cut and thrust of debate people are entitled to say things, and that that is perfectly legitimate."

How the rest of the world sees the UK's Covid-19 response

With the UK's death toll now the highest in Europe, and second in the world, Boris Johnson's management of the crisis is attracting more attention from outside the country. 

Watch the video below to see how the rest of the world views Britain's coronavirus response.

Should the police have fined Professor Lockdown?

2020欧洲杯网站The police have confirmed they will not take further action against Professor Neil Ferguson, despite him having broken the lockdown rules. 

But nearly 9,000 people in England alone have been slapped with fixed penalty notices which start at £60 for breaches of government public health regulations.

Under emergency laws, fines can be imposed if people "fail to comply after officers have engaged with them, explained the risks to public health and encouraged voluntary compliance".

So should Prof Ferguson have to - ahem - cough up too?

Watch again: PM pledges 200,000 test target

2020欧洲杯网站Just now in lobby, the PM's spokesman clarified that Boris Johnson was setting out an existing "operational" target to reach the capacity for 200,000 tests a day.

2020欧洲杯网站He also rebuffed any suggestion that Matt Hancock was caught unawares, amid reports he had shaken his head. 

Watch the moment again

PM 'trying to avoid MPs', Labour's Chris Bryant claims

2020欧洲杯网站The Prime Minister has been accused of trying to "avoid the House of Commons" by revealing the changes to social distancing measures on Sunday. 

2020欧洲杯网站Labour MP Chris Bryant said has also demanded more time to grill ministers during the hybrid proceedings, with reduced sitting hours. 

He said: "The reason the Prime Minister is making the statement on Sunday is because he wants to avoid the House of Commons. You, Mr Speaker, are quite right to have already told him off on that basis.

2020欧洲杯网站"I'm begging (Mr Rees-Mogg) please make sure that we have more time to ask questions of government ministers. At the moment, we end the day early, we're not sitting on Thursdays and ministers aren't coming enough to the Chamber to answer questions which we have in our bucket-loads in our constituency.

2020欧洲杯网站"We want to talk about the issues that are happening in our constituencies, we need to challenge the Government on these issues and we can't if the Prime Minister won't even come to the House."

2020欧洲杯网站Mr Rees-Mogg responded: "The Prime Minister was in the House earlier on, but I accept what [Mr Bryant] is saying that a virtual Parliament is not a substitute for the real Parliament. Apart from anything else, we are missing the constant chirruping from [Mr Bryant]."

Lobby latest: What does Boris Johnson 'bitterly regret about care homes?

The Prime Minister's official spokesman has said Boris Johnson's comments during PMQs that he "bitterly regrets" the crisis in care homes was an acknowledgment that "we still have work to do". 

2020欧洲杯网站He said: "There have been issues in getting PPE to care homes and we have been working hard to address them. We do now have a full strategy set out for care homes.

2020欧洲杯网站"We issued advice to care homes very early on in this pandemic setting out advice on how to prevent the infection from getting into care homes in the first place and then how to stop it spreading," the spokesman said.

Lisa Nandy to meet Harry Dunn's family

The family of Harry Dunn will meet with Labour's Lisa Nandy as part of efforts to "finally secure justice for their son".

The 19-year-old was killed during a hit and run in August. The main suspect Anne Sacoolas returned to the US claiming diplomatic immunity. 

A Labour spokesman said: There have been clear and repeated inconsistencies in the statements from the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and worrying new evidence has come to light that the Foreign Office gave the green light to Mrs Sacoolas’ return to the United States without informing the Northamptonshire Police or Harry’s family.

"The Shadow Foreign Secretary will continue to press for a Parliamentary inquiry into when these crucial decisions were taken, by whom and on whose authority, to make sure Harry’s family get the closure they deserve."

Lobby latest: PM and Jenrick were following advice

2020欧洲杯网站Downing Street has fended off suggestions that the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick may also have broken social distancing rules. 

2020欧洲杯网站The Prime Minister went to Chequers to recover from coronavirus "under the advice of his doctors", the spokesman said. 

Mr Jenrick was criticised some weeks back for having travelled from London to his stately home in Herefordshire, while Government advice was for people with more than one house to stay at their primary residence.

2020欧洲杯网站The PM's spokesman repeated his words from April, saying that it was "not an unnecessary journey" for ministers to travel to rejoin their family if they had had "no option but to work from Whitehall". 

Mr Jenrick will take this afternoon’s press conference, alongside Prof Yvonne Doyle, the medical director of Public Health England, and Nikki Kanani, the medical director of NHS England.

And for the first time since the daily briefings began no national newspapers will be granted a slot. Questions are instead being allocated to regional papers and members of the public. 

Lobby latest: PM's spokesman clarifies Raab's schools comments

Dominic Raab was not saying that schools would remain shut until September, but rather that all schools could not reopen at the same time, Downing Street has said. 

2020欧洲杯网站The First Secretary put the cat among the pigeons during yesterday's briefing, where he implied that schools could be closed for longer than initially thought. 

"What the First Secretary said last night is that if you opened all schools all at once the existing evidence points to fact that would push the R-rate up above one," the PM's spokesman said.

2020欧洲杯网站'We can't return all children all at once,' is  not quite the same 'it’s not possible to reopen schools before September', he argued.

2020欧洲杯网站"In terms of getting children back into school we are aware of the pressure some parents are under in trying to school their children at home, in many cases while also trying to work from home

2020欧洲杯网站"We are also clear about the impact on the  economy of children not being at school," he added. "But what is most important is ensuring children aren't returned to school until it is safe to do so."

2020欧洲杯网站Asked if that meant that start times might be staggered, or different age groups returning first, the spokesman was more vague. "We are continuing to look at and take advice from Sage and others," he said. 

Lobby latest: Bumper Cabinet meeting ahead of PM's Sunday address

Details of exactly what the Prime Minister might say on Sunday are still thin on the ground, but his spokesman has confirmed that an additional Cabinet meeting is likely to take place on the weekend.

One is already scheduled for tomorrow, ahead of the legally-required review of the lockdown measures, although no change is expected then.   

The PM's spokesman said Sunday would be when "the detail" will be set out, adding that ministers will take "a bit of time to make sure we get the messaging right".

2020欧洲杯网站There was no clear answer as to why Boris Johnson is doing it on a Sunday evening rather than the following Monday, with the spokesman simply saying it is the best moment.   

Asked what the messaging was likely to change to, with suggestions Stay at Home could be dropped in favour of Stay Safe, the spokesman said he was "not wishing to live Sunday today". 

2020欧洲杯网站"Let's take Sunday on Sunday," he added.  

Lobby latest: PM told of Prof Ferguson's resignation 'just before' Telegraph reveal

The Prime Minister was told about Professor Neil Ferguson's decision to resign "just before" the Telegraph revealed he had broken social distancing measures, his spokesman has confirmed. 

The Government Office for Science contacted Downing Street yesterday evening and "we were told Professor Ferguson had offered to step back", he said.  The PM "agrees with that decision", 

2020欧洲杯网站"Social distancing advice is important," the spokesman added. "It was issued for a reason which was to slow the spread of infection and protect the NHS. Prof Ferguson himself has said he regrets his actions."

2020欧洲杯网站The spokesman confirmed that Prof Ferguson would not "attend, participate or contribute" to Sage meetings directly or via the subgroup Nervtag. 

Others from Imperial College will continue to participate, however. "We will be looking to how Imperial's valuable work can continue to feed into Sage and advise the Government," the spokesman said. 

Labour wants advanced notice of exit strategy

2020欧洲杯网站Labour has called for Sir Keir Starmer to be briefed on the Government's exit strategy from the lockdown rules.

2020欧洲杯网站Shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz said: "Could I ask that the Leader of the Opposition has sight, under Privy Council rules, the strategy the Government is going to set out on Sunday?"

Responding, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said: "It's not for me to promise briefings outside the House, it's not my responsibility, but I think the good will and the positive contribution that has been made is very important."

Latest death toll figures released

NHS England has announced 331 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 22,049.

In Wales, a further 21 people have died.

Firms will face action if they breach coronavirus health and safety rules

2020欧洲杯网站Enforcement action will be taken against employers that breach health and safety requirements around Covid-19 in the workplace, a minister has warned.

Business minister Paul Scully told the Commons if employees feel their workplace is unsafe and not undertaking Covid-19 distancing measures then they should contact the health and safety authorities.

2020欧洲杯网站His opposite number, Labour frontbencher Andy McDonald, asked an urgent question about providing reassurance for workers that their workplaces would be safe.

Responding, Mr Scully told MPs: "This is not a finished process at the moment, what we need to do is get into the technical detail to make sure that everybody has confidence.

2020欧洲杯网站"In the same way that employees need to have confidence. They should be able to discuss with their employers the steps they might take to make their workplace safer themselves, especially when we start to lift restrictions.

"Where workers still feel unsafe though, they can contact the Health and Safety Executive or their local authority and where (poor health and safety is uncovered) they can take action."

Heathrow to introduce temperature screening

The UK's largest airport is to begin temperature screening of passengers, several weeks after the measure was deployed by many other major hubs around the world.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye said it will trial technologies and processes which could form the basis of a common international standard for health screening at airports in a bid to encourage passengers to return to flying.

2020欧洲杯网站The scheme is aimed at reducing the risk of passengers contracting or transmitting Covid-19 while travelling.

The first trial will be launched in the next two weeks and will involve using cameras which are capable of monitoring the temperatures of people.

2020欧洲杯网站Cameras will initially be used in the airport's immigration halls, but could be deployed in areas for departures, connections and airport staff searches.

Sir Keir Starmer not satifisfied with 200,000 testing target

Labour has welcomed Boris Johnson's new target of 200,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of the month, stating that it had long called for testing to be "increased and ramped up."

2020欧洲杯网站Speaking after the Prime Minister announced the new goal, Sir Keir's spokesman said he would be holding him "to that commitment".

2020欧洲杯网站However, he added that Labour would be pushing for clarity on when ministers expect to hit Mr Johnson's previous ambition, announced in March, for 250,000 tests per day. 

2020欧洲杯网站Downing Street has so far refused to put a firm deadline on the goal, which is due to be a combination of the antigen tests used to determine whether you are currently infected, and the antibody tests, which will indicate whether you have previously had coronavirus. 

Who is Neil Ferguson, Professor Lockdown? 

I'm just jumping into virtual lobby, with my colleague Harry covering for the next hour.

In the meantime, if you need a refresher on who Professor Neil Ferguson - aka Professor Lockdown - is, you can read all about him here.

Prime Minister to have cross-party roadmap talks tomorrow

2020欧洲杯网站The Prime Minister will hold cross-party talks with Sir Keir Starmer and other Westminster opposition leaders to discuss the coronavirus response on Thursday.

The Labour leader will raise the need for a "national consensus" on easing the lockdown based around keeping the public safe, a "mass expansion" of contact tracing and protecting key workers, his spokesman said.

2020欧洲杯网站Sir Keir's spokesman also called on Boris Johnson to make his roadmap statement to the Commons in person. 

"This is his plan, it is his proposals and it should be him in the House on Monday answering questions from MPs about what is in it," the spokesman said.

2020欧洲杯网站"We will be expecting him in the chamber on Monday."

Just now the PM said a statement would be made - but was slightly vague on who would do it. 

Starmer: Right that Prof Ferguson stepped down

2020欧洲杯网站Sir Keir Starmer has said it was right that Professor Neil Ferguson stood down, after breaking the lockdown rules he had helped shape.  

2020欧洲杯网站"Firstly it's right that Professor Ferguson has resigned after admitting he broke the rules. We all have a role to play in the fight against the coronavirus, and that means acting responsibly and following the official advice." 

Asked if it was right for Scotland Yard not to pursue further action, he added: "Scotland Yard has made its decision and we respect that decision." 

Government urged not to be 'overly prescriptive' on back-to-work plan

The Government has been urged not to be "overly prescriptive" in setting out the back-to-work plan for businesses. 

Speaking in the Commons after PMQs, Tory MP Lucy Allan said: "Will the minister do all he can to ensure that Government guidance focuses on general principles of social distancing and hygiene and avoids being overly prescriptive so that as many businesses as possible can reopen safely?"

But Business Minister Paul Scully did not comment specifically, saying the priority for the guidelines was to give "people in every type of workplace, every part of the country, every part of the UK, that sense of confidence.

2020欧洲杯网站"And I think it is really important to reiterate the fact that there are many, many companies still operating now and we do need to make sure that our economy stays open and working so that we can bounce back as possible - and those companies are already offering best practice."

No action against Prof Ferguson: Scotland Yard

2020欧洲杯网站Scotland Yard has said Professor Neil Ferguson’s behaviour is “plainly disappointing” but officers “do not intend to take any further action” after accepting his error. 

"We remain committed to our role in supporting adherence to Government guidance and have made it clear that our starting position is explaining the need to follow the regulations with anyone who is in breach in order to keep people safe and protect the NHS," the police said in a statement. 

2020欧洲杯网站"It is clear in this case that whilst this behaviour is plainly disappointing, Professor Ferguson has accepted that he made an error of judgement and has taken responsibility for that.

"We therefore do not intend to take any further action."

Johnson pledges more support for councils

Asked about council workers and local authorities' funding gap, which has worsened because of coronavirus, Boris Johnson acknowledges the pressures councils are under. 

He notes that Nottingham has already had an extra £19m to deal with the extra pressures and certainly that is by no means the last support for those who have had to deal with the brunt of the crisis. 

Johnson hints at 'catch up premium' for disadvantaged children

2020欧洲杯网站Barrow & Furness MP Simon Fell asks about a "catch up premium" for disadvantaged children returning to school after lockdown. This is a policy Education Committee chair Rob Halfon has been chasing. 

Boris Johnson says Mr Fell is "exactly right", and the Government is ensuring there are additional laptops and 4G routers.

He promises there will be "more to come", hinting that Mr Fell and Mr Halfon will be successful. 

Johnson: We want people to feel safe and secure to get back to work

Asked about people being made redundant despite firms accessing furlough schemes, Boris Johnson says the scheme itself is an outstanding provision giving people security they need. 

2020欧洲杯网站Obviously we want people continue to feel secure, he adds. But we also want people to feel safely and securely to go back to work and earn their pay packet as they can.

Johnson: No return to dark days of austerity

2020欧洲杯网站Asked how the Government will avoid returning to "the dark days of austerity" Boris Johnson says he has no intention of returning to the "a-word". 

But the more effectively we can suppress the virus and restarting the economy, the better the Government will be able to support the poorest, he adds. 

Johnson pledges to build consensus on roadmap

Ian Blackford asks the Prime Minister about ongoing cross-party work on social distancing, urging the need for no "political posturing". 

Boris Johnson thanks the SNP for continued collaboration and says he will continue to work with Holyrood and opposition leaders, and unions, to get the new plan completely right. 

Mr Blackford repeats that it is not the time for "politicking", and says Mr Johnson's address cannot happen without the full agreement of the Devolved Administrations. 

Mr Johnson says he shares his aims and will do his best to ensure the "outlines" of the plan "attract the widest possible consensus". 

Johnson promises MPs can interrogate back to work plan

2020欧洲杯网站Boris Johnson says there will be a statement to the House about the Government's roadmap. 

2020欧洲杯网站He says the reason for it being on a Sunday is because the data is "coming in continuously over the next few days" but he wants to get going with measures on Monday. 

That is why Sunday is the best time to do it, but the House will be fully informed and have the opportunity to debate and interrogate him, Mr Johnson promises. 

2020欧洲杯网站He adds that the Government is working on a plan for social distancing on the Tube, as well as plans to help people use other forms of transport. This should be a new golden age of cycling, he adds. 

Johnson: We have long-term plan to satisfy PPE needs domesticaly

2020欧洲杯网站Boris Johnson says he shares Keir Starmer's frustration about PPE, saying the supply issues are "enraging" , but plans are in place to ramp up domestic supply "so we are able in the long term, and it may be in the long term to satisfy the needs domestically".

Johnson: Mid-March transmission exceeded testing capacity

Asked why testing was halted in mid-March, Boris Johnson says the difficulty was that the tracing capacity "was no longer useful or relevant" because transmission "exceeded our capacity then". 

But as cases come down there will be a team able to track and trace cases across the country and drive the pandemic down. 

It is easier now on the way out than it was at the start, he adds. 

Boris Johnson's first virtual PMQs kicks off will new testing pledge

Keir Starmer begins by pointing to the UK's death toll, saying that is not a success by any measure, and asks why testing has fallen back since 30 April. What was so special about that date?

Mr Johnson says the target is now 200,000 by the end of the month and then go even higher. 

Cafes with outdoor spaces could reopen this summer: Hancock

2020欧洲杯网站Cafes may be able to reopen in the summer months if they can provide outdoor facilities, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Mr Hancock told Sky News that his Cabinet colleague Alok Sharma was working on rules for safe working, which would soon be set out by the Prime Minister. 

2020欧洲杯网站He added: "There is strong evidence that outdoors the spread is much, much lower, so there may be workarounds that some businesses, for instance cafes, especially over the summer, may be able to put into place."

Starmer: 'Glad' PM is back today

Sir Keir Starmer has said he has plenty of questions to put to Boris Johnson about the Government's handling of the coronavirus crisis. 

On his way to Westminster this morning, the Labour leader told journalists he was "glad to see he is back in parliament", adding: "I think we are all pleased he is back today."

Starmer has faced Dominic Raab during PMQs so far

 

Rory Stewart quits London's mayoral race

Rory Stewart has quit as an independent candidate for London Mayor, saying the "considerable challenges" of running an "extended and delayed election" had proved too much. 

He said: "I firmly believe London is the greatest city on earth and its courageous response to Covid-19 proves that more than ever. It would have been the honour of my life to serve the city as mayor, but while the considerable challenges of running as an independent were manageable for a normal race, they are forbidding for an extended and delayed election". 

2020欧洲杯网站Mr Stewart's campaign for mayor had been as idiosyncratic as his leadership bid last summer, including asking Londoners to have him sleepover to better understand their concerns. 

2020欧洲杯网站He had been seen as a potential challenger to Tory candidate Shaun Bailey among Remain-leaning Conservative voters, but also likely to scoop up centrist voters disillusioned with Sadiq Khan. 

Met Police 'looking into' Prof Ferguson's lockdown breach

A Met spokesman has said police are "looking into" whether action will be brought against Professor Neil Ferguson, following the Telegraph's revelation that he broke his own lockdown rules.

The spokesman added: "We are aware of the reports and the Government guidance refers to everybody." 

All the times Professor Lockdown told us to stay at home

As the repercussions of Professor Neil Ferguson's breach of the social distancing rules continue to rumble on, my colleague Chris Hope has looked back at all the times the Sage scientific advisor used the media to encourage the public to adhere to his lockdown measures.

Here's a taste of the timeline - or you can click here to read the full story.

UK has no evidence that coronavirus is man-made: Hancock

The UK Government has no evidence that coronavirus is a man-made disease, Matt Hancock has said. 

Asked about comments made by US President Donald Trump, Mr Hancock said those comments had been phrased "very carefully". 

2020欧洲杯网站"We haven't seen any evidence of a link and there is nothing I have seen that confirms the allegation that people are talking about," he added. 

The evidence appears to be that the disease jumped from animal to human and it is in the world's interest to stop that happening again, he says. 

"Of course I am interested in where this came from, but I am more interested in getting the country back on its feet," Mr Hancock says. 

Schools could stay shut until September: Hancock

Matt Hancock has said schools could be shut as long as September, but stresses he can't "give concrete answers" now. 

As a parent of three, he says he understands the challenges that parents and children face, he tells Sky News.  

"If there is something we can do before then (September) we will, but I can't make any promises", Mr Hancock says. 

I understand the frustration, he adds. "Will it be June, will it be September, for what age groups?... I am tempted to pre-judge those decisions but we just don't have the data." 

2020欧洲杯网站"It is tempting to give concrete answers," he adds. "I am not dodging the question - I am answering really directly. We don't know because we have got to see the progress of the disease and we don't know people are going to behave in terms of the lockdown measures. "

Hancock: Police will decide if action should be taken on Prof Ferguson

Matt Hancock has said it is down to the police whether any action should be taken against Professor Neil Ferguson for breaching lockdown rules.

Police have been granted emergency powers to ensure the social distancing measures are followed during the lockdown.

As part of a pre-planned Q&A with Sky News, Mr Hancock: "They will take their decisions independently from ministers, that's quite right, it's always been like that.

"Even though I have got a clear answer to what I think, as a minister the way we run the police is that they make decisions like this.

"So I give them their space to make that decision, but I think he took the right decision to resign."

Prof Ferguson's lockdown breach 'extraordinary', says Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Professor Neil Ferguson's breach of his own lockdown rules was "extraordinary. I don't understand."

2020欧洲杯网站Mr Hancock told Sky News it was right that he resigned from Sageg, adding it was "just not possible" for him to continue advising the Government.

2020欧洲杯网站"Professor Ferguson is a very eminent and impressive scientist and the science that he has done has been an important part of what we have listened to.

2020欧洲杯网站"I think that he took the right decision to resign."

Mr Hancock said the social distancing rules "are there for everyone, they are incredibly important and they are deadly serious".

2020欧洲杯网站"They are the means by which we have managed to get control of this virus."

Airlines' 'turf war' will create 'whole new landscape', says Calder

There is a "turf war going on" between airlines, with a "redrawing of the aviation map", Simon Calder has said. 

2020欧洲杯网站The travel expert said Ryanair has "spoken about very strongly against any state aid", and sees itself as great free market challenger, adding the firm is "waiting, bluntly, for other airlines to fail". 

2020欧洲杯网站EasyJet is looking for opportunities as well, he notes, and WizzAir is increasing routes as other firms are reducing operations. 

2020欧洲杯网站British Airways have deplored the use of tax payer cash in the UK, but like other airlines its employees are benefitting from the furlough scheme, Mr Calder says. 

We are talking about a whole new landscape. Gatwick will suffer very heavily in the short-term but we will come back with a robust industry, he concludes. 

Travel firms will fail if consumers demand cash now: ABTA boss 

The right to a cash refund is still there, ABTA boss Mark Tanzer says. People who do not want to defer should talk to firms. 

But if people lose confidence in refund credit notes and everyone drives for the cash now there will be a real problem in the travel industry. A lot will fail, he says. 

This isn't crying wolf, this is what will happen, because the cash isn't there until it comes back from suppliers. 

It's also not in the customers' interests as it will take many months.

2020欧洲杯网站If the Government isn't going to move the 14 day window, frankly, the way to save travel companies and jobs is for the Government to intervene directly to repay those refunds. 

ABTA boss: Government must confirm that deferred refunds are covered by Atol

2020欧洲杯网站Turning now to the Transport Committee, ABTA boss Mark Tanzer is saying the industry was not prepared for the lockdown measures. 

ABTA stepped in and made it clear members have to give a refund and "not ignore customers", but he recognises that most of them are not in a position to do that within 14 days, as is expected. 

2020欧洲杯网站Mr Tanzer says a refund credit note has to be issued, for the original amount and they are protected by the Atol scheme so if the firm fails before the note has been cashed they will be honoured. 

That was to bring "some confidence to the middle of that market". If the companies fail, it will take "many many months" so this deferred refund was preferable. He says customers must be further reassured that these refunds are covered by Atol, and calls on the Government to clarify this. 

Trussell Trust 'blown away by generosity of general public' during pandemic

Emma Revie says she has been "really blown away by the generosity of the general public", with support and food donations helping. Corporate support has also helped. 

The Trussell Trust does not receive Government support, she says, but seeks to work with Government on reducing demand for food banks. 

Volunteer numbers have reached "extraordinary" levels, having initially fallen away because they were older and therefore having to stay at home more. 

Coronavirus 'income shock' has sent people to food banks: Trussell Trust

The striking speed at which people arrived at the food banks underlines how they were just making ends meet and this income shock has sent them to the food bank, says Emma Revie. 

2020欧洲杯网站We welcome the scale of intervention such as the job retention scheme, she adds. But nonethless people are falling through the net and we need another temporary set of measures. 

2020欧洲杯网站She suggests an income level that keeps people away from food banks, and asks if the £102 a week from Universal Credit is sufficient given the four years of freezes. 

A flat rate across the board is not necessarily sufficient, she claims. 

Government should introduce 'more targeted' child poverty measures

2020欧洲杯网站The £20 increase in benefits and other concessions such as housing allowance rate is very welcome, says Dan Norris. But those already claiming benefits have been left out. An increase in child benefit would be a more effective way of reducing child poverty, he says. 

2020欧洲杯网站The continued existence of rules such as the benefit cap and the two child rule are offsetting an improvements and should be lifted. 

While we welcome the increase we would like to see more targeted measures aimed at children in poverty, rather than the "slightly blunt" measures that have been introduced, he says. 

Trussell Trust: 81 per cent increase in food bank use 

2020欧洲杯网站There was an 81 per cent increase in the number of people using food banks int he last two weeks of March this year compared with 2019, the boss of the Trussell Trust has said. 

2020欧洲杯网站Emma Revie said more concerning even than that was the 122 per cent increase in the number of children receiving food parcels. 

2020欧洲杯网站It has been driven by insufficient income either from work or benefits to cover essentials such as food. By the time people are using food banks, the income is typically £50 a week after rent. 

2020欧洲杯网站But she says the speed was particularly concerning - within the third week of March it was significant, she says.

Rise in householders seeking welfare support, MPs told

2020欧洲杯网站There has been a change in demographics of people seeking advice and enquiries to more people who have lost their jobs, from parents and householders, as a result of the coronavirus, MPs on the DWP Committee have been told. 

2020欧洲杯网站There has also been a concern about the services of the DWP and in particular Universal Credit, said Dan Norris of the Child Poverty Action Group.

Overall there was initially a slight decline as support networks re-established themselves as digital networks and since then there has been a steady increase, which he expects to continue. 

What's on the agenda today?

2020欧洲杯网站It's another busy day on what is day 44 of the lockdown - here's what is coming up.

2020欧洲杯网站The Work and Pensions Committee is kicking off shortly, speaking to representatives from Citizens Advice, the Trussell Trust and other groups about the impact coronavirus is having on deprived communities and children. 

2020欧洲杯网站The Transport Committee will run at the same time, speaking to a range of aviation representatives including Heathrow and ABTA about the particular challenges that industry faces. 

Then at 11:30 we will see Women and Equalities questions in the Commons at 11:30. 

That takes us up to PMQs, which will be the first time we see the Prime Minister back at the dispatch box since 25th March - and the first time he has taken on Keir Starmer.  

You can probably expect the fact we've got Europe's highest death toll to come up during that and perhaps Ferguson, in the spirit of constructive criticism.

2020欧洲杯网站Alok Sharma is up just after for an urgent question about the guidelines that will support the Government's back to work plans - but it is unlikely he will give much up ahead of the PM's address on Sunday.

Pressure on Downing Street to publish lockdown modelling

In light of growing qualms over the extent to which Downing Street has based the lockdown on Professor Neil Ferguson's advice, there is renewed pressure for the Government to publish the model being used. 

2020欧洲杯网站This is something which journalists have been calling for over many weeks, and led to the publication yesterday of partial papers and a list of (nearly) all the Sage members. 

2020欧洲杯网站Following the Telegraph's scoop former Brexit secretary David Davis tweeted: "We need the whole model, its assumptions and working in the public domain. We can no longer run our strategy on secret advice and potentially flawed calculations."

This was retweeted by his former DexEU colleague Steve Baker, and other Tory MPs including Karl McCartney.

Brokenshire defends decision not to shut UK borders

2020欧洲杯网站Minister James Brokenshire has defended the decision not to close UK borders in a bid to stop the virus spreading across the country, but said the move will be kept "under review".

Last night, it emerged that 20,000 infected with coronavirus entered the country before lockdown2020欧洲杯网站, while chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said people returning from Spain and Italy had "seeded" it across the country.

Speaking to the BBC this morning, Mr Brokenshire said: "I think it is important to note that the scientific advice was very clear that, up to this point in time, placing restrictions at the border would not have had any significant impact on epidemic progression in the UK.

"Sage looked at this on March 23 - the numbers coming from other countries were estimated to be insignificant compared with domestic cases, comprising around 0.5 per cent of total cases at the time.

"Since then, obviously, you'll be more than aware, with all of the issues in the aviation sector, how we've seen a reduction in air passengers by around 99 per cent since the start of the outbreak.

"It is something we will continue to keep under review as we look to the next phase but, at that time, the advice was clear that placing restrictions would not have had any significant impact."

Why is Professor Ferguson's modelling now under scrutiny?

Critics have started questioning Professor Neil Ferguson's coronavirus modelling following on from the Telegraph's revelations that he broke the social distancing rules he helped create - but why?

Well, Prof Lockdown has been behind a string of inaccurate forecasts about the impact of diseases that never came to pass - including foot and mouth and BSE, or 'mad cow disease' - which cost the country billions of pounds.

You can read the full details here.

Time for 'robust' reflection after pandemic: Brokenshire

James Brokenshire has said there will be a period of reflection on the Government's response to coronavirus - but stressed the current focus of ministers is on preventing a second peak of infections.

"If you're asking the question on reflecting on where things could have been done differently, how things can be changed, there will be firm and clear opportunity once we are through this pandemic to absolutely look at those issues robustly, rigorously, and that I think is the right moment for that," he told the BBC.

"But clearly we are in the here and now of the next phase of this, how we stop a second wave, and that is very firmly where the Government is."

Science clash: Imperial vs Oxford, and the sex smear that created rival Covid-19 studies 

2020欧洲杯网站Imperial College and Oxford University have clashed over starkly contrasting studies into the possible course of the coronavirus outbreak, with both papers spawning dramatic headlines.

But the rivalry began two decades ago when leading lights of the two institutions first worked together. Read the inside story of that sex scandal here.

Community testing halted because of 'capacity' constraints: Brokenshire

Widespread testing was halted in the middle of March because of capacity constraints, James Brokenshire has conceded. 

Speaking to the Today programme just now, the Minister for Security said: "We have always been informed by the expert advice on this. There was a shift in terms of how testing was done. We have already heard about issues of overall capacity at the time, and some of the evidence that Patrick Vallance has given."

2020欧洲杯网站Yesterday the chief scientific adviser and deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries admitted that capacity had been a critical factor in the decision to stop community testing as the outbreak spread. 

2020欧洲杯网站Mr Brokenshire said "constraints that we have had posed challenges", but highlighted that capacity was "now ramped up to 120,000 at the end of April". 

2020欧洲杯网站Of course, that capacity has only been reached once - in time for the target deadline. It has since dropped to below 100,000. 

Lockdown measures remain 'unequivocal': Brokenshire

James Brokenshire has stressed the social distancing measures are "unequivocal" as he continues to respond to questions about Professor Neil Ferguson. 

2020欧洲杯网站He told the Today programme it was an "error of judgement" and the "wrong course of action". 

2020欧洲杯网站He said it was a matter of regret but the guidance was unequivocal and there to protect us all. 

2020欧洲杯网站Now is not the time to ease the lockdown, he adds, pointing to the Prime Minister's upcoming statement where we are expecting some relaxation of measures. 

Leading the day: Lockdown professor steps down after breaking rules to meet married lover

2020欧洲杯网站Good morning - it looks like a glorious day, not that any of us will be able to enjoy it all that much.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's today's Daily Telegraph which is setting the agenda across Westminster and beyond.