UK coronavirus live: officials meeting today to consider case for new restrictions for London, says Hancock (Sun, 20 Sep 2020)
Health secretary says nation is at a tipping point and if people do not follow the rules further restrictions may be necessary
Global coronavirus live blog
Matt Hancock is now being interviewed by Tom Newton Dunn on Times Radio. So far much of the interview has replicated what Hancock was saying in his other two
interviews this morning, but Newton Dunn also asked why NHS Test and Trace failed to anticipate the extra demand for tests. Didn’t they realise children get sniffles when they return to school?
Hancock said what they did not anticipate was the number of people without symptoms requesting tests.
This is what Sir Keir Starmer told Andrew Marr when Marr asked if he wanted to see further restrictions imposed now. Under Starmer Labour has backed the government’s coronavirus
measures, and generally he has avoided advocating an alternative Covid strategy. He has said it is important for public messaging to be clear, and he told Marr he did not want to second guess the
But, when pressed by Marr, Starmer said it would be wrong for the government to delay imposing further restrictions (as Johnson is reportedly considering - see
9.53am.) After referring to
what Prof Neil Ferguson said yesterday, Marr suggested that bold decisions were needed from leaders now. Starmer replied:
Take swift action, do it in the next few days, don’t leave it for two to four weeks ...
I want swift action, if necessary local restrictions, look at a national lockdown. The government has got the figures. But I don’t want to leave it two or four weeks.
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Trump vows to nominate a woman for US supreme court vacancy within a week (Sun, 20 Sep 2020)
President says he has ‘obligation’ to fill the vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Trump has chance to reshape US for generations
Donald Trump has promised to put forward a female nominee in the coming week to fill the supreme court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the
pick without delay.
Taking the stage at a North Carolina rally to chants of “Fill that seat”, the president said he would nominate his selection despite Democrats’ objections.
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