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Dominic Cummings claims 'pseudo lockdowns' are 'hopeless' Holidays to Europe with a vaccine passport Boris Johnson says no to ‘amber list’ holidays, overruling minister Mapped: Hotspots for Indian variant in the UK Deaths now 20 per cent below five-year average in England Boris Johnson has vowed to take "very, very draconian action" against any future coronavirus variants entering Britain, as fears of further local lockdowns grow. The Prime Minister said on Tuesday that he does not "see anything conclusive at the moment to say that we need to deviate" from England’s lockdown roadmap as cases of the Indian variant rise. However, he said "we will know a lot more in a few days’ time" amid reports that ministers are considering a return to a local or regional tiered lockdown system, or delaying the end of restrictions on June 21. Pressed by reporters on why the Government delayed closing the border with India last month, Mr Johnson stressed the Covid-hit country was added to the "red list" before B1.617.2 was classed as a variant of concern. Hinting at the possibility of future crackdowns, he added: "We took prompt action and we will continue to take very, very draconian action in respect of all variants coming from wherever around the world." Follow the latest updates below.
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Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to speed up Scotland’s vaccine rollout in Covid hotspots, after her deputy warned that areas with rising virus rates could soon see lockdown restrictions reimposed. Opponents accused Ms Sturgeon and her ministers of “sitting on their hands” over the roll-out of jabs in Glasgow, which along with Moray has been forced to remain in Level 3, while the rest of the country enjoyed new freedoms on Monday. Public Health Scotland figures showed there are now 100.3 cases per 100,000 people in Glasgow following an outbreak linked to the Indian variant - more than double the benchmark of 50 for it to join most of the rest of the country in Level 2. Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, warned that the outbreak in the country's largest city would not "settle down quickly" and said it was unlikely experts would feel confident lifting restrictions next week. Under Level 2, hugs and indoor visits to homes are allowed while hospitality venues are allowed to serve alcohol indoors.
Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser has taken another public swipe at the government, this time accusing it of a “joke” borders policy. As questions mount over the action taken to prevent the spread of a new strain of coronavirus first identified in India, Dominic Cummings accused ministers of developing policy based on “nonsense”. Labour have accused the government of a “catastrophic misstep” and of failing to halt travel from India sooner to limit a new more virulent variant of the disease.
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