Boris Johnson news – PM BLASTED Autumn covid lockdown saying 'only over 80s are dying', Dominic Cummings claims

BORIS Johnson allowed Brits die from Covid to save his political career, Dominic Cumming has sensationally claimed.

The former top No10 aide made the bombshell claims during his first TV interview since leaving Downing Street.

Speaking to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Cummings said Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance both urged the PM to lockdown last September to stop a killer second wave, but Boris told them “no no no”.

He also revealed Whatsapps the PM sent last October in which the PM said he said he no longer “buys into all this NHS overwhelmed stuff”.

In yet another broadside against the PM, Cummungs said: “His attitude at that point [autumn 2020] was a weird mix of partly it’s all nonsense and lockdowns don’t work anyway and partly, well this is terrible but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80 and we can’t kill the economy just because of people dying over 80.”

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    POSTIE PROBLEMS

    Deliveries of letters and packages have been disrupted after a wave of postal staff have been forced into Covid self-isolation.

    Royal Mail service alerts were issued for eight locations alone over the weekend, from Bath to Blackpool, the Sun can reveal.

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    KEY WORKERS INCLUDING FACTORY WORKERS, TRAIN DRIVERS & POLICE ALLOWED TO SKIP ISOLATION TO STOP PINGDEMIC CHAOS

    KEY workers in food factories, transport and critical national security jobs will be able to skip self isolation to stop the pingdemic plunging Britain into blackouts and food shortages.

    Boris Johnson tonight announced that thousands of critical staff who are double jabbed will be freed from the draconian rules to stop the country grinding to a halt.

    But in a blow to millions others, Downing Street said there are “no plans” to let the rest of the country escape house arrest if they are pinged.

    PM Boris Johnson told a press conference, which he took part in virtually from Chequers as he is isolating, that he would add more workers to the list that can escape strict quarantine rules.

    Essential workers in the energy industry, telecoms, food supply and parts of law enforcement will be allowed to head out to work if they have a Covid contact.

    Read more here.

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    RED ALERT

    A teenager has revealed how she struggles to walk properly after suffering from "Covid toes" for months.

    Sofia, 13, has endured severe pain in her feet since October – but has never tested positive for Covid.

    The teen has been unable to wear shoes due to her painful condition.

    "My feet swell up, I get blisters all over them and they go from pink to purple really quickly," she told the BBC.

    "I get lumps on the bottom of them which makes it really hard to stand up for long. I can only wear flip-flops. "

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    ‘CLARITY NEEDED’ OVER VACCINE TRAVEL FOR IRISH PASSPORT HOLDERS FROM NI

    Politicians have urged the Irish Government to provide clarity on when people from Northern Ireland who hold Irish passports will be able to use the new EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC).

    The DCC was introduced in the Republic on Monday as part of a EU-wide scheme which will allow unrestricted international travel for those who are fully vaccinated.

    The documents can also be used for indoor hospitality when it reopens later this month.

    But most Irish passport holders in Northern Ireland will not be able to access the certificate at first because they were vaccinated outside of the Republic.

    Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond said the DCC is only available to those who were vaccinated by the HSE, the Irish health service.

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    WILL THERE BE ANOTHER LOCKDOWN?

    Chris Whitty has warned England could be plunged back into lockdown within five weeks as Covid cases surge during the third wave.

    The chief medical officer says coronavirus hospitalisations are doubling about every three weeks and could hit “quite scary numbers”.

    His stark warning came days before July 19’s ‘Freedom Day’ and the final step in Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of Covid curbs.

    But top doc Prof Whitty said the country is “not out of the woods yet” as cases rocketed to the highest level in six months.

    Speaking at a Science Museum webinar, Prof Whitty said: “I don’t think we should underestimate the fact that we could get into trouble again surprisingly fast.”

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    JOHNSON LOOSENS ISOLATION RULES FOR ‘SMALL NUMBER’ OF CRITICAL WORKERS

    Isolation rules will be relaxed for a “small number” of fully-vaccinated critical workers who are identified as close contacts of coronavirus cases, Boris Johnson has said after coming under sustained pressure over the “pingdemic”.

    The Prime Minister on Monday resisted widespread calls to announce a more wide-reaching change to the rules to reduce the number of people in isolation, as he addressed the public from his own quarantine on so-called “freedom day”.

    He described self-isolation as “one of the few shots we have got left in our locker”, on the day he scrapped most remaining legal restrictions and defended the timing, despite cases soaring.

    But he warned nightclubs and other venues with large crowds must make full vaccination a requirement of entry from the end of September.

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    NEW WAVE OF COVID CASES IS ALMOST AT THE PEAK OF WINTER FLOOD OF INFECTIONS – BUT DEATHS SLOW, GRAPHICS REVEAL

    THE new wave of Covid cases is almost at the peak of the flood of infections during the winter – but deaths remain slow.

    Graphs shown during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Freedom Day press conference today showed the number of Brits who have tested positive since the pandemic began early last year.

    A graph showed the three waves of coronavirus cases, with the first coming at the beginning of 2020, followed by the winter wave and then the current spike in cases.

    Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said that Covid cases will continue to rise as restrictions have now been rolled back.

    He said today: “We are quite close to the winter wave peak and this is going to increase, and it will increase as we go further into step four. [There’s a] very close overlap in cases increasing very similar to the autumn wave and the current wave.”

    Read more here.

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    EXPLAINED: WHERE WILL FACE MASKS STILL BE NEEDED?

    In London, Sadiq Khan has said face masks and coverings will still be compulsory on the capital’s transport network.

    Passengers in bus stations operated by combined authorities West and South Yorkshire, on the North East’s Metro and Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram services will also be required to wear them under local rules.

    Supermarket chains – including Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose – will encourage customers to keep masks on.

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    ONE ON ONE

    Boris Johnson wanted to visit the Queen at the start of the UK’s Covid pandemic and had to be stopped, Dominic Cummings has shockingly claimed.

    The PM’s former No10 aide has revealed how he had to warn his boss that Her Majesty – then aged 93 – might die if she caught coronavirus.

    It’s the latest claim against the PM from the shamed ex-adviser with Downing Street denying the allegations.

    In a tell-all with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Cummings claimed that he had to stop Mr Johnson going to see the Queen in person at the beginning of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

    This was when staff at Number 10 were already falling ill with the brutal bug after it had spread from China.

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    WATCH: DOMINIC CUMMINGS ACCUSES BORIS JOHNSON OF LETTING PEOPLE DIE TO SAVE HIS POLITICAL SKIN

    Dominic Cummings accuses Boris Johnson of letting Brits die from Covid to save his political skin

     

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    VIRAL WAVE

    These shocking maps show the Delta variant has spread further in just one week before Britain relaxes more Covid rules.

    The maps of England reveal scientists have found the strain to be more than 90 per cent dominant in every authority in the country.

    In most areas, it is 100 per cent dominant, meaning every single Covid infection screened is caused by Delta.

    The map confirms Delta has the UK in its grip and is fuelling the third wave.

    Experts at the Wellcome Sanger Institute have produced the map every week, painting a picture of how rapidly the strain spread across the country over a few weeks.

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    IS THE TEST AND TRACE MANDATORY?

    The test, track and trace strategy has been one of the key measures in helping businesses reopen safely through the coronavirus pandemic as the nationwide vaccine rollout has gathered pace.

    The NHS Test and Trace Service initially launched with a team of 25,000 contact tracers on May 28 and has since been downloaded by an estimated 5 million people.

    Anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the deadly bug will be told to self-isolate.

    However the app is entirely voluntary and you can choose whether or not to download it.

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    WHAT TIME IS THE DOMINIC CUMMINGS INTERVIEW ON TONIGHT?

    The hour-long 'Dominic Cummings: The Interview’ will be broadcast on BBC Two tonight, Tuesday July 20, at 7pm.

    Cummings, 49, was widely blasted by the public and political opponents for taking a car journey with his family during the coronavirus lockdown last year.

    Since leaving as the chief political aide to Number 10 he has undertaken a broadside against the Prime Minister over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    GREAT NEWS

    Neil Etheridge is recovering at home with his family after a four-day stint in hospital with coronavirus.

    The 31-year-old was admitted last week after contracting the virus and later posted an update to fans from his hospital bed.

    But Blues boss Lee Bowyer confirmed on the weekend that Etheridge has been discharged and allowed to return home.

    Bowyer said: “Neil is back home with his family today, which is great news.

    “Everybody is smiling and grateful that he is back home.

    “We can’t rush, and have to see how he progresses, but the most important thing is he is back with his family.”

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    PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS STILL UNCLEAR OVER CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOLS FOR NEW SEASON

    Football clubs in the Premier League are still waiting for guidance on coronavirus protocols with the new season less than a month away.

    Many of the rules regarding travel, testing and biosecure bubbles will still apply despite the Government ending lockdown restrictions this week.

    And it is almost certain that supporters will need to have a Covid passport or proof of a negative test before being allowed to attend a game. But that could prove a logistical nightmare for clubs to organise checkpoints for crowds of up to 75,000, particularly for evening games.

    The plan is for all matches to be played at full capacity grounds for the first time since the pandemic struck back in March, 2020.

    But rising cases of the virus means that football must now find a way of keeping all of their customers safe without maintaining social distancing.

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    WATCH: REVELLERS HIT THE DANCEFLOOR ON FREEDOM DAY

    Revellers hit the dance-floor on Freedom Day

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    ONE IN SIX AREAS IN ENGLAND RECORD WORST EVER COVID RATES ON FREEDOM DAY

    ONE in six areas in England have recorded their worst ever Covid rates on Freedom Day – where does your region stand?

    Today’s data shows that Covid hospitalisations have risen by 44 per cent in the last two weeks and that fatalities increased by 19 today.

    Data also shows that every local area in England is now recording coronavirus rates above the symbolic level of 100 cases per 100,000 people.

    This is the first time this has happened since early January, at the peak of the second wave.

    England’s overall rate of new cases currently stands at 425.3 per 100,000 people: the highest since January 19.

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    GRAPHIC: COVID-19 VACCINATIONS IN THE UK

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    GOT ANY COV-ID?

    Party-goers will have to be doubled jabbed to enter nightclubs from the end of September, Boris Johnson declared tonight.

    In a major U-turn the PM said vaccine passports will be needed to hit the dance floor in a bid to boost take up among 18-30 year olds.

    The PM made the announcement at a Downing St press conference amid fears not enough youngsters are getting the shot.

    Ministers are desperate to get as many jabs into arms as possible before self-isolation rules are eased on August 16.

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    THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO CAN AVOID SELF-ISOLATING:

    Double jabbed workers who can avoid self-isolating if pinged:

    • Railway signallers
    • Air traffic controllers
    • NHS staff
    • Care home workers
    • Food production workers
    • Train drivers
    • Medicine manufacturers
    • Border security guards
    • Water and electricity supply workers

     

    ONE ON ONE

    Boris Johnson wanted to visit the Queen at the start of the UK's Covid pandemic and had to be stopped, Dominic Cummings has shockingly claimed.

    The PM's former No10 aide has revealed how he had to warn his boss that Her Majesty – then aged 93 – might die if she caught coronavirus.

    It's the latest claim against the PM from the shamed ex-adviser with Downing Street denying the allegations.

    In a tell-all with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Cummings claimed that he had to stop Mr Johnson going to see the Queen in person at the beginning of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

    This was when staff at Number 10 were already falling ill with the brutal bug after it had spread from China.

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      WATCH: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER SLAMS COVID RULES AFTER CLOSING CINDERELLA

      Andrew Lloyd Webber slams ‘completely untenable’ Covid rules after Cinderella cancellation

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      US WARNS TRAVELLERS AGAINST HEADING TO THE UK OVER ‘VERY HIGH’ COVID CASES

      American citizens have been warned against travel to the UK over spiralling coronavirus cases.

      The UK was placed on the highest level of the United States travel guidance – “Level 4: Very High” – on Monday, warning that even fully-vaccinated travellers could be at risk.

      The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued the update on the day Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended mask-wearing and social distancing laws, while reopening nightclubs.

      Americans were told to “avoid travel to the United Kingdom” but advised to make sure they are fully vaccinated if travel is essential.

      “Because of the current situation in the United Kingdom, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants,” the guidance added.

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      ‘CLARITY NEEDED’ OVER VACCINE TRAVEL FOR IRISH PASSPORT HOLDERS FROM NI

      Politicians have urged the Irish Government to provide clarity on when people from Northern Ireland who hold Irish passports will be able to use the new EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC).

      The DCC was introduced in the Republic on Monday as part of a EU-wide scheme which will allow unrestricted international travel for those who are fully vaccinated.

      The documents can also be used for indoor hospitality when it reopens later this month.

      But most Irish passport holders in Northern Ireland will not be able to access the certificate at first because they were vaccinated outside of the Republic.

      Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond said the DCC is only available to those who were vaccinated by the HSE, the Irish health service..

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      DOUBLE THE FUN

      New rules from yesterday mean Brits returning from amber list destinations will no longer have to quarantine, if they are fully vaccinated.

      With most of Europe being on the amber list, it is great news for holidaymakers this summer.

      The new rules require Brits to have had both jabs, with the second one at least 14 days before travelling, to be able to skip the 10-day quarantine.

      Instead, returning travellers will be able to follow the rules of the green list which requires a negative Covid test pre-arrival and another one on day two, which must be pre-booked.

      Travellers will be able to prove their vaccine status on their NHS app, while kids, who have not yet been offered the vaccine, will also be exempt from isolation.

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