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Labour demands new lockdown as scientists warn of “catastrophic” epidemic – BBC News

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said the government’s measures to tackle coronavirus are not working. He’s called for a short lockdown throughout England – or “circuit breaker” – as death rates rise sharply to the highest number since June.

Sir Keir said the measures imposed by Boris Johnson did not go far enough and the government was failing to listen to its own scientific advice.

Official documents reveal that scientific advisers called for a short lockdown some three weeks ago but their advice was rejected by ministers.

Documents released from a meeting of SAGE — the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies — said an immediate “circuit breaker”‘ was the best way to control cases — and slow the spread of the virus. They warned of a “catastrophic” situation with up to 3,000 deaths a day unless further measures were adopted.

Labour have mainly backed the government’s strategy up to now and their call for a new lockdown marks a significant change in that policy.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by deputy political editor Vicki Young and medical editor Fergus Walsh.

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    many Scientists have said lockdowns don't work and do more harm than good, and so SIR keir starmer says put us all in lockdown, I don't know who is worse the Conservatives or Labour.

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    Robert Glynn jones

    Scientist too many Brains , NO COMMON SENSE

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    Robert Glynn jones

    GOVERNMENT WANT YOU ALL LOCKED UP , SO THEY CAN FILL BRITAIN WITH ILLEGALS WHILE YOU SLEEP

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    Robert Glynn jones

    SIR KIETH STARMER IS AN ILLEGAL LOVER ALSO , TRAITOR TO UK ,

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    Jonesy James Christmas

    Can I get his salary then?

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    Going off grid will soon be made illegal. Do it now before they start stopping your freedom to run away

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    I'm Single 😍😥

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    no more lockdowns enough is enough

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    Very happy 😍💋 💝💖♥️❤️

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    you are not a public broadcaster, you are a state sponsored terrorists regime, disseminating half truths or out right lies from a building that openly permits the distortion of facts! Leading journalists and opinion writers to further disseminate unlawful rhetoric!

    I recall the former speaker of the house barring an mp from debates for calling the former former pm a liar. So much for getting to say what you want? I guess only in the case of front benchers often in the opposition seats or if it supports a false narrative by well funded media pundits.

    Someone in the media want to explain what exactly is the difference between social immunity from frankenstine (excluding higher mortality) infections and natural heard immunity?

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    Keep following socal disting whats got us out of lockdown we can do it again if we following rules and sticking together in north east england

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    can't blame higher mortality and poverty on coronaviruses! That is all fiscal despotism for the past three hundred years!

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    You guys in Uk are doing it hard, keep the chin up.

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    Really nice 👌 😍💋 💝💖❤️

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    HOPE FOR THE BEST such as THE PRE GREAT TRIB RAPTURE & @ THE SAME TIME PREPARED FOR THE WORST such as WAR/GRID DOWN/ASTEROID HITS/LARGE EARTHQUAKES/
    ECONOMIC COLLAPSE /POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS / SOCIAL UPHEAVAL/DOMESTIC & FOREIGN TERRORISM & imo THE WORST OF ALL THE LOVE OF MANY WAXING COLD ! IT'S ALMOST OVER ! https://youtu.be/5692lR_zi-k
    ~Maranatha~

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    Stefan Morozgalski

    It's cold and flu season you morons. I don't believe any of you MPs

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    Wake up Folks… They're playing the same game…

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    And I thought the Conservative's were bad lol

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    Евгений Багамоно

    Good. I wait for love from you 💝💖

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    "Those willing to surrender their Freedom, for a little Security, Deserve neither, and will lose both". Benjamin franklin.

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    Micheal James Farrell

    Pelosi, uppity and smug. People who are puppets for stupid rich people are.

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    Read my lips-IT-WILL-NOT-WORK so badly handled from day one and it is now too late,remove the rose tinted glasses.

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    2:32 I like that😍💋 💝💖❤️

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    I know my answers, questions plz.

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    Shield and support the vulnerable, respect their right to walk free if they choose with or without a mask, and just get on with life!

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    We now live at the confluence of Jewish Bolshevism and Jewish Cultural Marxism.
    This has been their end game for European people’s homelands for 200-years.

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    What news about a vaccine?

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    Evgenia Mukhtarova

    Anyone ever wondered why they have Dragons on flags and coat of arms?

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