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The daily press conference was held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser.
Here’s what they told us:
Boris Johnson said the new quarantine measures for travellers were tough but “necessary” to stop the risk of imported cases triggering a second peak. “Travel corridors” with countries with low infection rates will be considered, but “only when it is safe”
The PM refused to be drawn on whether Britons should book a summer holiday to Europe
The NHS test and trace strategy is a “vital” part of stopping the virus re-emerging
There are global efforts to find a vaccine for the Covid-19, and the PM will chair a summit of the Gavi international vaccine alliance on Thursday
Boris Johnson urged people not to move outdoor gatherings indoors in wet weather, saying the risk of transmission would be much higher and “undermine” the progress that has been made
He said not being able to secure childcare was a reason to be let off returning to work by employers
Asked why restrictions have been eased when the UK remains at level four on the alert system, Chris Whitty said people were conflating two different things – it was the five tests set by ministers which had to be met before restrictions were relaxed
Today’s government press conference was led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, joined by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government. Follow the story 👉
Here’s a round-up of the coronavirus-related stories coming out of the UK today:
Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed plans to force almost all arrivals to the UK to isolate for 14 days – with fines of up to £1,000 for those who don’t comply.
All schools in Wales will reopen on 29 June, but with staggered class times to ensure only a third of pupils are in school at any one time.
The PM has promised all coronavirus tests will be turned around within 24 hours by the end of June
Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer clashed over the government’s handling of coronavirus at Prime Minister’s Questions.
In Scotland more people have now died with coronavirus in care homes than in the country’s hospitals.
A contact tracer working on the NHS Test and Trace coronavirus scheme says she has not been asked to speak to anyone since beginning work last week.
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