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Seeds sewn for lockdown next winter

First we were told that we needed to lock down for just three weeks to ‘flatten the curve’, then that ‘schools are safe’, and now that the vaccine will mean tough restrictions will ‘recede into the past’ by spring. But already, the latest of the Government’s promises has begun to fall apart, as England’s chief medical officer has suggested – or forewarned – that the Government will need to introduce new restrictions next winter because coronavirus ‘benefits’ from cooler months. ‘We might have to bring in a few [restrictions] in the next winter for example,’ Chris Whitby has said; ‘that’s possible, because winter will benefit the virus.’ This is all far from over – Mail

Boris Johnson to secure overwhelming Commons backing for third national lockdown – Express

Deficit could hit £450billion on third lockdown – Telegraph

Rishi Sunak hints furlough could be extended again – Mail

WHO team investigating pandemic origins prevented from entering China at last minute – Telegraph

Passengers to be banned from boarding flights to UK without negative Covid test – Telegraph


Johnson is to blame for the schools fiasco, but there are lessons for Starmer too – Sienna Rodgers, Guardian

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