“[T]hroughout this crisis, we’ve had nurseries adjacent to hospitals remaining open. We haven’t seen infection in them.”
“I want to see Gavin working with the parents to reassure them”.
“In the past people have seen Matt and the Government set ambitious targets, and they said… that won’t be met”. Matt met that target.”
“If China had taken action between one and three weeks earlier, then… cases would have been reduced by somewhere between 65 and 95 per cent.”
He make his pitch for a “cautious, phased” return, praising teachers and emphasising that protective measures will be put in place.
WATCH: Hancock leads today’s press conference. It reports that the R-rate has crept up to just below one.
But the figure is some two weeks out of date. Where was the fastest growth recorded? And among whom?
And the Deputy Chief Medical Officer says that he expects the new antibody testing to “be rapidly rolled out in the days and weeks to come”.
He said that an additional £600 million allocated to local councils for infection control will reach the frontline “as soon as possible.”
The Prime Minister replies that “all advice is published in due course…the UK has made a huge amount of progress”.
… including 85,293 tests carried out yesterday. 226,463 people have tested positive.
“It’s by applying common sense that we’ll be successful in this second phase as well.”
WATCH: Starmer claims the Government’s plan was released before it was finalised – and grills Johnson on the detail
“What the country needs at this time is clarity and reassurance and at the moment both are in pretty short supply.”
WATCH: The Prime Minister on face coverings. He says that they “can be of benefit” in confined spacings.
But the Government says that it’s “advisable” to wear them in relatively crowded locations such as rail carriages or shops.
Relaxed outdoor rules from Wednesday – otherwise, a five-level assessment mechanism that could relax or intensify the lockdown.
Scotland and Wales have both declined to adopt the Government’s new ‘Stay Alert’ formulation, raising the prospect of a rift in approach.