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Here is a summary of the main points from the press conference (at the top), as well as our main stories from the day (lower down).
I am afraid tragically there will be many, many job losses. That is just inevitable.
The new thing that has been brought in – and it is definitely, as you imply, in the early stages of its development, but it is definitely there, and definitely working, but it will work a lot better over time – is the new element of test and trace …
We are not yet at cruising altitude for this. The number of tests is going to keep on going up and our ability to use the tests we have got is going to carry on going up. This is going to carry on for quite some time before we get to the point where we are all satisfied we have got to the point we need.
I’m not going to give advice on individuals’ travel arrangements, but you know what the Foreign Office guidance is… everybody at the moment should avoid non-essential travel.
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I want to stress one thing. I am a Sinophile. I think China is an incredible country and an extraordinary civilisation.
And I deeply disapprove of anti-Chinese xenophobia – attacks on people of Chinese appearance that we have seen in recent months. We must stamp out such xenophobia. I see absolutely no contradiction with what I’ve said earlier about Hong Kong and high-risk vendors in critical national infrastructure and wanting a good, friendly, clear-eyed, working relationship with China and that’s what this country will have.
This is from Business Insider’s Adam Bienkov on Boris Johnson’s claim to be a Sinophile. (See 5.45pm.)
“I am a Sinophhile,” says Boris Johnson at the daily coronavirus briefing.
Here’s what he wrote about China and its culture while at the Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/G8QmelPEZK