Coronavirus news – live: No 10 unable to back up Boris Johnson’s test and trace claim and doctors call for skin rash to be on list of 'suspicious' symptoms

Chiara Giordano, Vincent Wood
Worker cleans tables at Di Maggio's outdoor restaurant area in Glasgow city centre: Jane Barlow/PA
Worker cleans tables at Di Maggio's outdoor restaurant area in Glasgow city centre: Jane Barlow/PA

Downing Street was unable to provide any evidence to back up Boris Johnson’s claim that the test and trace service is “as good as or better than” any other system in the world.

It came as health secretary Matt Hancock denied the government would recommend people wear face masks in offices after a newspaper report appeared to suggest as such.

VAT was slashed from 20 per cent to five per cent for the hospitality and tourism industry on Wednesday to help boost the sector, which has struggled during the coronavirus lockdown.