Big Brother fear as police get access to contact details of people self-isolating

Big Brother fear as police get access to contact details of people self-isolating due to coronavirus The Department of Health said forces will have access on a ‘case-by-case’ basis  Move has ‘alarmed’ health figures including Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty    People in England are required to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid-19 By Holly … Read more Big Brother fear as police get access to contact details of people self-isolating

He has defied the gloomsters. Now Boris Johnson must hold his nerve, writes SIMON WALTERS 

He has defied the gloomsters. Now Boris Johnson must hold his nerve, writes SIMON WALTERS By Simon Walters for the Daily Mail Published: 22:11 BST, 13 October 2020 | Updated: 22:11 BST, 13 October 2020 The image spoke volumes. At Monday’s dramatic press conference, Boris Johnson was flanked by two of the most influential men … Read more He has defied the gloomsters. Now Boris Johnson must hold his nerve, writes SIMON WALTERS 

Professor Chris Whitty ‘wants a new two-week national lockdown’, ex-WHO expert claims

Professor Chris Whitty is pushing for a new two-week national lockdown amid concerns the true number of coronavirus cases is far higher than being reported, a former World Health Organisation expert claims. Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel, made the statement on Twitter on Wednesday evening, adding that daily infections could be as … Read more Professor Chris Whitty ‘wants a new two-week national lockdown’, ex-WHO expert claims

Chief scientist Patrick Vallance says he was ‘told off’ for backing lockdown

Prof Chris Whitty ‘told off’ chief scientist Sir Patrick Vallance for pushing too hard for a lockdown in March, confidential emails reveal Sir Patrick Vallance defended his performance in private email to colleagues Scientific officer said he was ‘stronger than anyone’ calling for early lockdown Sir Patrick said he was ‘told off’ by chief medical … Read more Chief scientist Patrick Vallance says he was ‘told off’ for backing lockdown

Cabinet at war over the rule of six: Almost every minister on committee argued against stringent ban

Boris Johnson‘s Covid clampdown has divided his Cabinet, it emerged last night. He faces a fierce Tory backlash over the contentious ‘rule of six’ that bans gatherings of seven or more from Monday. A string of senior ministers opposed the measure at a crunch meeting, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak among those to speak out. A … Read more Cabinet at war over the rule of six: Almost every minister on committee argued against stringent ban

More schools face shutdown if coronavirus infections among children rise

More school closures could happen if infections among school aged children rise, the chief medical officer hinted last night. Professor Chris Whitty said the Government’s policy on schools may be ‘looked at again’ if the coronavirus crisis deepens. His comments come as at least three schools closed due to Covid-19 outbreaks this week, while dozens more … Read more More schools face shutdown if coronavirus infections among children rise

So has No. 10 REALLY got its science right? Almost all Covid fatalities are among older people

After spending three months in strict lockdown, millions of Britons in their teens or twenties have spent the summer embracing a return to relative normality. They have flocked to pubs and restaurants to make the most of Eat Out to Help Out, jetted off on holiday with friends or snuck into illegal raves. But, with … Read more So has No. 10 REALLY got its science right? Almost all Covid fatalities are among older people

How Belgium flattened the curve

Belgium was able to curtail a second wave of coronavirus by limiting the number of people who can socialise together and imposing a nationwide curfew, data shows, as the UK looks to follow in its footsteps. At a Downing Street press conference today, Professor Chris Whitty used Belgium as a shining example of a country that … Read more How Belgium flattened the curve

Four ministries at war: JASON GROVES examines the inside story of the UK’s quarantine rules

The controversial quarantine policy has been marred by inconsistencies and Whitehall infighting since it began. The policy may have wrecked thousands of family holidays, and driven the aviation industry to the brink, but remarkably, no one single Government minister or department is fully accountable for it. The Department for Transport, the Foreign Office, The Department … Read more Four ministries at war: JASON GROVES examines the inside story of the UK’s quarantine rules

Back to normal by Christmas? Hancock says rapid testing is ‘best shot’ at ending social distancing

The UK could get back to normal by Christmas if the rapid coronavirus testing being trialled by the Government is successful, Matt Hancock said today. The Health Secretary, who has announced a £500million investment in a mass on-the-spot saliva testing regime, said it was the ‘best shot’ at ending social distancing. Although treatments for the … Read more Back to normal by Christmas? Hancock says rapid testing is ‘best shot’ at ending social distancing

Government is now RATIONING Covid tests: Health experts fear spikes will be missed

The coronavirus testing system is facing strain due to growing demand for swabs – prompting the Government to start rationing testing slots.  Britons who show Covid symptoms can apply for drive-through tests, but some have revealed they are directed to centres more than 100 miles away.   The Government says parts of the country that have … Read more Government is now RATIONING Covid tests: Health experts fear spikes will be missed

Boris Johnson warns ‘there is more wretched Covid still to come’

Boris Johnson today warned there is going to be ‘more of this wretched Covid still to come’ as he convened his Cabinet and told ministers ‘bit by bit’ the UK is ‘getting back on its feet’.  The Prime Minister told his top team that ‘we know there will be more outbreaks’ but he is ‘absolutely … Read more Boris Johnson warns ‘there is more wretched Covid still to come’

Ministers fear Chris Whitty ‘could quit over back to work drive’

Boris heads back to the (very spacious) office: PM hosts Cabinet in roomy new Foreign Office venue amid fears his chief scientist Chris Whitty could QUIT over concern No.10’s ‘return to work’ push is putting people in danger Ministers said to be holding back on back to work drive over fears he could quit If … Read more Ministers fear Chris Whitty ‘could quit over back to work drive’