PM Boris Johnson defends the government’s COVID approach in an address to MPs on Monday, November 2.
The Prime Minister said that the government had “no alternative but to take action at a national level”, as they tried to do what is best for the country, stating in his address that he is “truly sorry for the anguish these measures will impose.”
He said that they were right to try a regional and tiered approach first and has rejected suggestions they the government was too slow to react, stating: “no one wants to impose measures unless absolutely essential”.
He also said that the COVID approach would see them scale back down to a Tier system and regional restrictions when the current measures “expire” on December 2, stating that MPs will get a say on the way forward at that stage.
Mr Johnson told MPs: “When the data changes course, we must change course too.”
Boris Johnson says the R is above 1 in every part of England and there are more coronavirus patients in some hospitals than during the first wave, stating the virus is “doubling faster than we could conceivably add capacity” to the health service.
In a continued rally cry, the PM said it was “clear we must do more together” in the fight against the virus, calling for the public and politicians to back the government.
We will have more from the prime minister’s address as it comes out.
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