Boris Johnson today denied the awkward coronavirus lockdowns as he hoped scientific developments could mean a ‘different approach’ in the ‘coming weeks and months’.
The prime minister has defended his handling of the crisis amid mounting criticism and concern on his own benches.
As the Conservatives’ virtual conference begins, Mr Johnson urged the public to be “fearless but use common sense.”
He said that “over the next few weeks and months the scientific equation will change” and that this would allow a “different approach”.
But in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he warned that the restrictions could last until 2021.
“I know people are mad, and they are mad at me and mad at the government,” Mr Johnson said.
But, you know, I have to tell you frankly that it’s going to continue to be bumpy until Christmas, it can even be bumpy beyond. But that’s the only way to do it.
He added: “It could be a very difficult winter for all of us. “
In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Boris Johnson warned: “It will continue to be bumpy until Christmas. It can even be bumpy beyond.
PM insists Trump ‘will be fine’
Boris Johnson insisted that Donald Trump “will be fine” today by dismissing “balderdash” rumors about his own fear of the coronavirus.
The prime minister said the president received the “best possible care” and was “sure” to overcome the illness.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Mr Johnson also dismissed speculation that he had not fully recovered from the illness in April.
He categorically denied having suffered from “long Covid”, joking that he was “fitter than many butcher dogs”.
And the Prime Minister bluntly blamed his own weight for having to go to the hospital – although he stressed he was not providing an update on Mr. Trump’s condition. “I was too fat,” Mr Johnson said.
The comments came after Mr Trump said he was feeling “much better,” despite conflicting reports about his condition.
The president’s medical team said he was ‘very well’ and in a ‘very good mood’ in an update yesterday, less than 24 hours after being taken by helicopter to the National Military Medical Center Walter Reed, near Washington DC.
However, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows informed reporters shortly after Mr. Trump went through a “very concerning” period on Friday and that the next 48 hours would be critical.
The president himself then posted a video on Twitter from his hospital suite, saying he felt “much better now” and hoped “to be back soon”.
The comments came after nearly 13,000 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the UK yesterday, double the number the day before.
However, the Department of Health attributes the tip to a technical problem, without saying exactly what the problem was.
Mr Johnson said: “The reason is that there has been a failure of the metering system. “
He also suggested that it could have caused delays in obtaining crucial test results for some people.
“Everyone who tested positive have now been notified,” he said.
Mr Johnson admitted that people were “furious” with him over the pandemic.
But he insisted that his approach was “the only way to do it”, and that it was not possible to do as some wish and let the disease “tear” to protect the economy.
“As Prime Minister, I couldn’t take a course that could expose us to tens of thousands more deaths in a very short period of time,” he said.
And, you know, we have to keep fighting this virus, while protecting the economy. This is the balance we need to find.
Said the Tories condemn him for restricting civil liberties without parliamentary oversight, Mr Johnson said “no one in my place wants to do any of the things we had to do”.
“I’m a freedom-loving conservative… I don’t want to have to impose such measures, are you crazy?” he said.
“It’s the last thing we want to do. But I also have to save lives. And that is our priority.
“And I also think, by the way, that is the priority of the British people and I think they will want to see their government keep working, keep fighting the virus and that’s what we are doing. “
On the controversial 10pm curfew for pubs across England, Mr Johnson blamed people who chose to ‘cook’ outside for the chaotic scenes in city centers when it closed.
The Prime Minister said: “People just have to follow the guidelines.
“Obviously, it doesn’t make sense if, after following the advice the entire time in the pub, it then spills onto the street and onto the cooktop in a way that spreads the virus. “
He added: “The answer is that we take all advice. “
Asked about the scientific evidence available for a 22 hour outage, he said: “One of the things that has come before us is that by reducing the hours you can reduce the transmission. “
Mr Johnson said: “On the one hand we have the imperative to save lives, it is a moral imperative to save lives if we can.
“On the other hand, we have to keep our economy moving and our society moving.
“This is the balance that we are trying to find and that is why we now have the package of measures that are in force at national and local level.
“What we want people to do is behave fearlessly but with common sense, take advice – whether national or local – to eliminate the virus but allow us as a country to continue with our priorities. . ‘
He said he believed science would “change” in the coming months, which would allow the government and the country to change their approach to dealing with Covid-19.
He said: “What I hope, and I believe very strongly, is that over the next few weeks and months the scientific equation will change and we will start to see progress, whether on the vaccines or testing, which allows us to take a different approach.
“But right now, that’s the balance people have to take, that’s the line we have to follow. “
The government said as of 9 a.m. on Saturday there had been 12,872 more laboratory-confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
By 9 a.m. as of Friday, there had been 6,968 more laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK.
The official scoreboard said on Saturday that due to a technical issue, which has now been resolved, there has been a delay in releasing a number of cases.
This means that the total reported over the next few days will include a few more cases from the period September 24 to October 1.
Experts have previously warned that describing the daily figure as a record could be “misleading” as it is not clear how many people were actually infected at the height of the first wave due to a lack of community testing at the time. ‘time.
Saturday’s figure brings the total number of UK cases to 480,017.
The government also said 49 more people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. This brings the UK total to 42,317.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show that there are now nearly 57,900 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
Other figures show there were 2,194 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in England on Saturday, up from 1,622 a week ago, while 307 Covid-19 hospital patients were in ventilation beds, up from 223 a week ago .
Coronavirus deaths have remained relatively low despite increasing cases
A total of 368 confirmed Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across England on Thursday, up from 288 a week earlier.
Cabinet Minister Brandon Lewis was asked about a technical issue with the reporting of test data which has seen more than 12,000 additional cases of positive coronavirus in the UK reported by the government on Saturday.
He told the Sophy Ridge program, “It’s a problem between September 24 and October 1.
“These numbers were released yesterday and, as you say, had that impact on the numbers.
“I would actually say it shows the focus of the Department of Health, Public Health England, Test and Trace around the system.
“We are transparent about this, we publish the figures daily.
“As soon as they spotted there was a problem, they dug it out, they figured out those numbers, they were transparent and released the right numbers and of course the teams will look at that. to prevent this from happening again.
“Throughout this, we’ve been looking at how we can share information with the public as quickly as possible, as transparently as possible, because that’s part of explaining to people how dangerous and fast this virus is. spreads.’