Covid Live: UK announces 205 coronavirus-related deaths, and 41.130 cases. Ireland is expected to reduce curbs. World News| World news
The first glimpse of a Partygate questionnaire confirms that Downing Street insiders are being questioned under police caution – and asked if they have a “reasonable excuse” for attending lockdown-busting gatherings.
Boris Johnson has already returned his replies to the Metropolitan police’s questions, and is believed to have argued that he attended social events in No 10 in a work capacity.
A copy of one of the official questionnaires, obtained by ITV, shows it includes the police caution: “You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you subsequently rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, said: “This is an embarrassment that for the first time in UK history we have a PM interviewed under police caution.”
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UK Reports 205 Covid-19 Deaths per Day and 41.130 New Cases
You can also find it in UK, prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that free Covid-19 testing for the general public will end from 1 April in England has sparked a “hoarding” of lateral flow test kits, say pharmacists.
The government was accused of “a complete lack of planning” and failing to carry out any consultations with high street pharmacies, who had already been limiting the number of LFT kits to two per visit amid a heightened demand.
Leyla Hannbeck, the chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, told the Guardian that her members were worried that some vulnerable people were going to be “left behind” as pharmacies were likely to be again “inundated” with people asking for the kits.
Hannbeck herself is a pharmacist. She said that pharmacy employees were seeing customers trying to get around the restrictions on LFT kits. It has been practiced for months.
“There’s nothing to stop different members of the same family coming in at different times in order to get more. We’ve had reports of that. At the same time, local pharmacists have a relationship with their customers and we really want to make sure that people are not left out and get what they need,” she said.
Pharmacists were also in the dark about pricing for kits in future and were learning of the government’s intentions only by following news reports, added Hannbeck, who suggested that subsidies could be imperative.
“On Monday there was a suggestion of guidelines about pricing but we have heard nothing, and then we were hearing mentions of five pounds on the radio in the morning.”
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