Boris Johnson Faces Grilling By Senior MPs In Wake Of Backlash Over Summer Covid Surge
Boris Johnson is taking questions from senior MPs for the first time since March (UK Parliament)
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Boris Johnson is facing questions from senior MPs at a Liaison Committee session this afternoon amid growing concerns over the impact of a summer surge in coronavirus infections.
Taking questions from the chairs of parliamentary select committees, it is his first meeting with the group since March.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Prime Minister managed to swerve concerns raised by opposition leader Keir Starmer regarding how the government was going to stop people deleting the NHS Covid-19 to avoid having to self-isolate.
Health secretary Sajid Javid said earlier this week that the UK could see 100,000 coronavirus infections per day this summer as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
But Starmer said the government was trying to “wish away the practical problems” of such a scenario, suggesting that “millions” could be forced to self isolate causing “huge disruption to families and businesses just as the summer holidays begin”.
During his previous appearance in front of the committee, Johnson hinted that pubs could start asking punters for proof of vaccination on the door despite previously stating it wouldn’t be necessary.
Johnson confirmed on Monday, however, that this proposal had been scrapped along with all plans to require proof of coronavirus status to enter certain venues.
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