Our reading of his statement is that he intends to sketch out a plan before the first May Bank Holiday rather than after it.
The Health Secretary’s defence of his department’s pro-lockdown stance has made him a target for those who want it eased.
The decision that Boris Johnson must make after his return this week is and can only be political – not scientific.
The Chancellor is set to build a relief road to get round the present pile-up of Government, banks and business.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer previously said the method was not appropriate for the UK.
But there is no simple split between the Left and Right of the Party, and no sense of rebellion, at least yet.
The effectiveness of such Government strategies as the lockdown can only be assessed after a mass of variables are controlled for.
Our politicians seem determined, as they appear by videolink, to look like so many captives, held against their will in attics and basements.
There are two groups who are particularly exposed: those who have recently lost their jobs, and younger people.
The new Leader of the Opposition looked more at ease than the First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, standing in for Boris Johnson.
Over a billion PPE items isn’t “shambolic”. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer was right. We need a more adult conversation about PPE.
From medical equipment, to herd immunity, to data collection, everything has been reduced and given no nuance.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: A diminution of our body politic at which the hairs on Rees-Mogg’s head protested
The Commons agreed to hold virtual sittings, but admitted that these will greatly impair its ability to hold the Government to account.
Parliament returns today. Don’t expect it to pile pressure on the Government. At least until early May.
It appears that there will be no votes until next week. After that, the May Bank Holiday looms. In any event, MPs will be feeling their virtual way.
Johnson, the Sunday Times and the virus. The Remainer losers have learnt nothing from the EU referendum and last year’s election.
It may be significant that the one person who doesn’t seem to be making their mistake is Keir Starmer.
We hope and expect Johnson will be back by May 8. But if he isn’t, Raab must lead in easing the lockdown.
The art will be to do so in such a way that the NHS can cope with a rise in admissions. And social distancing for the most vulnerable must remain in place.