Johnson is being squeezed between dissenting local authorities, an increasingly divided Cabinet – and fundamental problems with test and trace.
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WATCH: “We must act now.” The Prime Minister’s press conference to announce his new three-level anti-Covid alert measures.
With Sunak and Whitty, he says that the Government is “simplifying, standardising and in some places toughening local rules”.
From calling the measures “dystopian”, to criticising Whitty and Vallance’s latest graph, there were some scathing speeches.
WATCH: The scientific advisers make their pitch 1) Whitty says action must be taken now to keep death numbers down.
He says Coronavirus is “more virulent than flu” and mortality rates will be “significantly greater”.
The Government’s approach has been modelled on the country, even though its cases have continued to rise.
Raghib Ali: The harms of lockdown are exceeding the gains – especially when it comes to school closures
Neither the Covid-19 recovery plan nor SAGE’s minutes indicate that a formal “health cost-benefit analysis” has been done. We need one.
And the threat to the NHS seems distant enough to experiment with the relaxation of the two metre rule.
The country’s leading epidemiologist seems to have abandoned his Coronavirus strategy, according to newspaper reports. But the truth is more complicated.
Professor Chris Whitty has refused to downgrade the Covid-19 threat to Level 3 – despite the fact the UK is easing lockdown.
The available evidence “leads to a conclusion that the death rate in Northern Ireland is almost identical to that in the Republic”.
Those with Chronic Kidney Disease, diabetes and high blood pressure must be protected.
The effectiveness of such Government strategies as the lockdown can only be assessed after a mass of variables are controlled for.
WATCH: Raab – “Even in our darkest moments, the crisis has also shone a light on the best amongst us”.
“The greatest risk for us now, if we eased up on our social distancing rules too soon, is that we would risk a second spike in the virus.”
Those five tests. The stage is set for an easing of the lockdown to be trailed after the first May Bank Holiday.
Johnson will seek to keep ahead of public opinion. The art for him is to not to be caught out by a sudden shift in mood.
“[Johnson is] giving directions as and when required…. The whole team is focused on delivering those instructions.”