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Starmer: Ministers have ‘lost control of where the virus is’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
20th Sep 20 12:30 pm

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to apologise over the “near collapse” of the test and trace system.

Sir Keir told the BBC that government Minister have “lost control of where the virus is,” which will inevitably lead to tighter restrictions.

The Labour leader said that the government’s “number one priority” should be “fixing testing.”

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, the Labour leader said he would support “whatever measure” Ministers take to suppress coronavirus cases.

Sir Keir added, “If I were the prime minister, I would apologise for the fact we’re in this situation with testing.

“Throughout the summer, we were saying ‘prepare for the autumn’. Instead, we had the exams fiasco.

“I would make fixing testing the number one priority, and reinstate the daily press conferences so we know what’s going on.”

Marr asked whether problems with the testing has made a second national lockdown more likely?

Sir Keir said, “I don’t think a lockdown is inevitable.

“But I do think it’s now more likely because of the near collapse of testing.”

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