Good morning. This is meant to be the first day of the No. 10 post-Cummings relaunch – they sent out a press release last night said Boris Johnson will “make a series of critical announcements over the next few weeks which will be a clear signal of his continued ambition for Great Britain” – but of course it was announced last night that he must now self-isolate, following a meeting with Tory lawmakers, one of whom tested positive. .
He had posted a video about this on Twitter this morning.
And this is our story.
Last week we were told that Johnson plans to hold a press conference every Monday. But he will not appear this afternoon, and vice versa Matt Hancock, the health secretary, will be a Downing Street tutor.
This morning Hancock had a round of media interviews, mainly to promote the news two megalabs will open early next year, which will ultimately add an extra 600,000 a day to the government’s testing capacity. That would more than double the UK’s testing capacity.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Hancock also said he wanted to expand the use of testing to relatives of people in nursing homes in the UK so that by Christmas every resident could get a visit from his loved ones. She says:
Our goal is to make sure we have testing available in every nursing home before Christmas – to ensure that people can take the test and therefore see their loved ones safely, that’s the goal.
We are working with the social care sector to try to make this happen.
We’ve launched it in a small number of countries, Devon and Cornwall in the first instance, and then our goal is to have it before Christmas so people can see and be up close to their loved ones.
This is today’s agenda.
10.30am: The British Main Ports Group and the British Ports Association provide evidence to the Lords committee of preparations for the end of the post-Brexit transition.
11am: The Supreme Court has begun hearing appeals against coronavirus-related business insurance claims
12.15: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, is expected to hold a briefing on the coronavirus.
12.15: The Welsh government is expected to hold a briefing on the coronavirus.
12.30: Downing Street holds its daily lobby briefing.
17.00: Matt Hancock, health secretary, holds a press conference at No.10.
And in Brussels the UK-EU trade talks are resuming.
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