The vaccines minister says it’s not necessary for NHS workers to self-isolate even if they are pinged by the test and trace app.
The shadow education secretary says only six in 10,000 events have been cancelled.
Nadhim Zahawi also says the government is looking at test and release – upload 5 days of lateral flow tests to avoid isolation as piloted.
“Millions of [people] are going to be pinged this summer”, warns the Labour leader.
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Business Secretary says employers and employees ‘can come to their own arrangements’ on flexible working.
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“If we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks… then we must ask ourselves when will we be able to return to normal.”
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Jenrick feels that “we are now in the final furlong and will be able to live with the virus and move on with our lives.”
Powis says the NHS must be able “to discharge medically fit patients back into social care.”
“Don’t make me laugh,” the former Brexit Party leader adds. “I’ve been hearing statements like this since 2019.”
The Shadow Chancellor disagrees with the claim that the Labour leader has a deadline of September to improve his performance.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary adds that “we as private citizens will make these judgments.”
“They should be wiping the floor with us in seats like this. They just aren’t”, he argues.
“Millions of people made huge and very difficult sacrifices to follow the rules that his Health Secretary had introduced”, warns Starmer.
The Schools Minister on the proposals to ban their use in classrooms floated by the Department for Education this morning.
“We have to learn to live with Covid…we want every step to be irreversible. The restrictions on our freedoms must come to an end.”