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Sir Keir Starmer has urged the Prime Minister to implement a two to three week “circuit breaker” lockdown in England to stem the rising tide of coronavirus infections.

In a major intervention, the Labour leader said the Government did not have a “credible plan” to slow infection, that they had “lost control” of the virus and were no longer following scientific advice. Sir Keir Starmer

It came 24 hours after Boris Johnson announced a new “three-tier” system for local lockdowns in England, despite being warned by the Government’s scientific advisors that a national “circuit breaker” was needed.

 

MPs will vote on the measures on Tuesday evening. Earlier the Department of Health reported a further 143 coronavirus deaths in the UK, the highest daily death toll since June 10. Some 17,243 new cases were also recorded.

Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan has warned that Londoners will face new coronavirus restrictions within the coming days as cases continue to move “in the wrong direction”.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise with more than 12,000 recorded as the death toll jumps by 65.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 12,872 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 603,716.

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