Boris Johnson vows to have a test and trace system ready on Thursday

Boris will DROP drop the ‘track’ in ‘test, track and trace’ system that is designed to get Britain out lockdown and it will not be fully ready in time for deadline

  • Ministers told to drop the ‘track’ after negative reaction from focus groups
  • Boris Johnson suggested a test and trace system would be in place by Thursday
  • But structure will need to be built up and won’t be ‘all singing, all dancing’ 
  • Prime Minister promised ‘world beating system’ in place by June 1 at PMQs
  • 25,000 contact tracers will be able to track 10,000 new cases a day from June

Ministers have been told to drop the ‘track’ in test, track and trace after focus groups showed that the concept scared people, it has emerged.

The ‘tracking’ portion refers to the NHS mobile app that can detect if someone has been in close contact with a Covid-positive individual, which is still going ahead. 

The Government is now believed to be discussing a new ‘test, trace and isolate’ phrase, as wording for the strategy becomes increasingly more confusing for the public.

Ministers are being told to drop the ‘track’ in test, track and trace after focus groups showed that the concept scared people, as Boris Johnson attempts to start a test and trace system before June 1

The Welsh government have opted for a ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy, with ‘protect’ referring to people with the virus self-isolating to prevent a spread to the rest of the population.

And the Scottish government have gone one step further with their ‘test, trace, isolate, support’ strategy, with support including help with food and medicine as well as financial support.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Labour leader Keir Starmer challenged Boris Johnson over the government’s failure to track the spread of the disease after mid-March.

‘That’s nearly 10 weeks in a critical period without effective tracing. That’s a huge hole in our defences, isn’t it prime minister?’ he said. 

The ‘tracking’ portion refers to the NHS mobile app that can detect if someone has been in close contact with a Covid-positive individual, which is still going ahead

Coming under pressure for details, Mr Johnson claimed that the UK would have a ‘world-beating’ test, track and trace system in place by June 1. 

The scheme would include 25,000 contact tracers who should be able to track 10,000 new cases a day.

But during the cabinet meeting on Thursday, the Prime Minster suggested that while the scheme would be ready, it would not be comprehensive, according to The Times.

‘He suggested it wouldn’t be all singing, all dancing but the system would be ready,’ a minister told the publication. ‘He was optimistic that we would be able to move into the next phase of easing the lockdown, but it was too early to make that decision.’

Mr Johnson will announce the next steps on Thursday.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, urged people yesterday to ‘do their bit’ and go into self-isolation if they had had contact with someone with the virus, even if they had no symptoms. No 10 has not ruled out fining people who fail to go into isolation.

The Office for National Statistics showed that of all those who said they had self-isolated over the past seven days, only 28 per cent had not left their home. While the data was unclear, it set alarm bells ringing.

‘The difficulty doing the isolate approach is that the numbers of people who are self-isolating look appalling,’ one official said. ‘People who think they might be symptomatic still are not self-isolating.’

Ministers have set up a new unit — the Joint Biosecurity Centre — led by Tom Hurd, a senior counterterrorism officer. It is seen as an attempt by Downing Street to wrest control from Public Health England (PHE).

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Boris Johnson WON'T face criminal probe into his close friendship with Jennifer Arcuri

BORIS Johnson WON'T face a criminal probe into his close friendship with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, it has been reported.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is set to reveal its decision this lunchtime on whether the Prime Minister's links to the technology entrepreneur will result in an official investigation.

Sources told the Daily Mirror that the Independent Office for Police Conduct had found some evidence of a possible “intimate relationship” between the pair, but that it was “unnecessary” to launch a criminal investigation.

They are set to say that the PM will not face any further action from them.

But it could now mean the London Assembly will launch a probe – who paused theirs last year while waiting for more evidence.

The 35-year-old ex model was alleged to have had an affair with the PM helping her get access to £126,000 grants and sponsorship for her companies.

Ms Arcuri previously refused six times to answer whether she had an affair with the PM.


The PM has insisted “everything was done entirely in the proper way” over his professional dealings with Miss Arcuri.

But he would not deny having an extramarital affair with her while he was London Mayor.

Mr Johnson formed a close friendship with Miss Arcuri after the pair met in 2012, and took her on three trade trips with him.

 

 

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Boris Johnson tells Brits 'stay at home as much as possible' but home nations threaten revolt against new guidance


Boris Johnson has urged Brits to “stay at home as much as possible” as the home nations threatened revolt against his new guidance.

The Prime Minister will today unveil his "roadmap" out of the lockdown, but his new slogan to “stay alert” has already sparked a huge backlash from other leaders.

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This morning the PM tweeted more detail about his new guidelines, insisting “this is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus.”

They say:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

However, after ditching “stay home” from the slogan, the leaders of the devolved nations have hit out at the PM.

In a pointed tweet today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed she’d not been told about the new slogan in advance.

She tweeted: "The Sunday papers is the first I've seen of the PM's new slogan.

"It is of course for him to decide what's most appropriate for England, but given the critical point we are at in tackling the virus, #StayHomeSaveLives remains my clear message to Scotland at this stage."

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford also hit out at the Government, saying the stay-home slogan has not "gone away" in Wales.

He also demanded more cooperation with the UK, adding: "When there is engagement, it is good, and it is helpful, and I wish there could be more of it."

The PM’s new approach was also blasted by the Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster.

She said: "On the whole, the message is to stay at home.

“We will say we are not deviating from the message at this time."

It comes as the Prime Minister is set to warn the UK later today that the country is entering the most dangerous phase of the outbreak.

The PM will urge “maximum caution” as he unveils his road map out of lockdown.

Mr Johnson told The Sun on Sunday: “This is the dangerous bit.

“We’re past the peak now but we’ll have to work even harder to get every step right."

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Boris Johnson joins ultra-secure social network Signal where messages self-destruct – The Sun

BORIS Johnson has joined the highly encrypted messaging service Signal whose messages self-destruct.

The social network is deemed to be the most secure digital communication method on the open market.

It gives users the option of being able to erase their own messages within a set period of time, from a week down to just five seconds.

Signal has become very popular with ministers and senior No10 staff, with a raft signing on to it in the last few weeks, The Sun has learned.

An insider has revealed the PM himself joined it in the last week.

Disappearing messages are liked by senior Government figures because they help limit leaks.

But the option also makes it impossible to seize their messages later by Freedom of Information requests or a judge’s order.

Others who signed up in the last month include the PM’s Chief of Staff Dominic Cummings and Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

Other senior Government figures who have used Signal for a while include Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Signal uses secure end-to-end encryption, like Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

But while some security services have succeeded in hacking into other messaging services, including WhatsApp groups, Signal has so far proved impenetrable and is preferred by technology experts.

Operated by an app on a mobile phone, Signal users can also make one-to-one voice and video calls.

No10 declined to comment last night.

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Boris Johnson predicts Britain will come ‘charging back’ as a country once lockdown is over – The Sun

BRITAIN will come “charging back” as a country once the lockdown is over, Boris Johnson has predicted.

The PM will this week unveil his timescale for a return towards normal life and said each step would be taken carefully.

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He told The Sun: “I said that we’d turn the tide within three months and we are definitely on course to do that.

“We’re past the peak. We’ll be into the second phase very soon and we’ll just have to work hard to get every step right.”

He added: “Mountaineers always say that it’s coming down from the peak that’s the most dangerous bit because that’s when you’re over-confident and make mistakes.

“We’ve got to be careful we don’t run, lose control and hit a much bigger peak. But I’m optimistic.

“The UK has the most incredibly dynamic and amazingly resilient economy.

“We can come out of this very strongly but it all depends on everybody playing their part.”

Election pledges will not be blown off course

The PM has vowed his election pledges will not be blown off course.

He insists he is more determined than ever to  “level up” Britain.

Mr Johnson said the Covid-19 war is spurring him on to go further, faster, to provide new roads, railways, schools, hospitals, broadband and technology to the nation.

Boris declared: “This government remains absolutely dedicated to unite and level up our country.

“We have lost none of our resolve.

“We are going to deliver every single one of the things that we said we would do in the general election campaign.

“We are not going to be blown off course by this.

“On the contrary we’re going to double down.”

Mr Johnson is convinced events of the past months will unite the public.

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He said: “I’ve never seen a country come together like this. I’ve never seen a national resolve like it.

“There are opportunities to get on with things in terms of infrastructure.

“We should be getting on with it and we shall.”



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Meet Boris Johnson’s six children as he names baby son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson – The Sun

BORIS Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have named their baby son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The couple’s son, born on April 29 2020, is the Prime Minister’s sixth child and his third son.

Who is Baby Boris?

On April 29, 2020, Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds welcomed a baby boy.

The couple announced that the baby's name is Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The name Wilfred after Mr Johnson's grandfather, Lawrie after Ms Symmonds' grandfather.

The name Nicholas was chosen in tribute to the NHS doctors who saved Mr Johnson's life when he was in hospital with coronavirus.

A spokesman for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds said: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well."

Who is Lara Lettice?

Lara Lettice, 27, is the eldest of Boris Johnson's brood and was conceived ahead of her parents' wedding.

The MP married barrister Marina Wheeler in 1993 when she was pregnant with their daughter.

Lara, who styles herself with the double barrelled surname Johnson-Wheeler, is a writer, editor and broadcaster.

Fashionista Lara has carved out an impressive journalism career – as well as writing for Tory mag The Spectator and British Vogue and arts reviewing for the Evening Standard, she is now Features Editor at online style mag SHOWStudio.

She launched her own publication (un)fold magazine – which examines the 'correlation between mental health and creativity' in 2016.

And just like her dad she is a keen classicist, gaining an A in her Latin A Level and going on to study at Prince William and Kate Middleton's prestigious university St Andrews, where she gained a Master of Arts in Latin and Comparative Literature.

She was educated at Bedales which costs £33,000 a year.

Who is Milo Johnson?

Milo Arthur, 25, is the second eldest of the Johnson clan and is the oldest of his boys.

He was educated at the £27,174 a year Westminster School where he was said to excel at sports.

In a 2011 issue of his school magazine he was called a "delight to watch" and was "without doubt the player of the season" for his football skills.

Milo was also a keen cricket player and came runner up in the Funaki prize, a long-running award for artistic endeavour.

He went on to study at London's School of Oriental and African Studies which he graduated from in 2014.

Following this he took up a five-month internship at men's magazine Esquire Middle East, based in Dubai.

According to his Linkedin profile, he can speak Arabic, Russian and French.

He was pictured helping his mum clear out the family home after she announced she was leaving Boris.

Who is Cassie Johnson?

Cassie Peaches, 22, is the third of Johnson's children with Marina.

She studied at the £18,000 per year Highgate School in North London.

Like her father she is a writer and during her time at the private school she was a student editor of their alumni magazine Cholmeleian.

Who is Theodore Johnson?

Theodore Apollo, 20, is the youngest of Johnson's children with ex-wife Marina.

It is not known which school he attended but it is believed to be one in London as he was pictured outside their Islington home in a school uniform in 2016.

He went on to attend Cambridge University – whereas his dad went to their rival Oxford.

It is not known which college Theodore is at or what he is studying.

Who is Stephanie?

Boris' family life has caused him some controversy over the years.

His four children have a younger half-sister, Stephanie, who was born in 2009 – the product of an affair with art advisory Helen Macintyre.

Stephanie is the second youngest of Johnson's children.

At first, he denied paternity and wasn't named on the birth certificate.

However, his relations were revealed after a 2013 court battle in which he sought an injunction to prevent her existence being reported.

It is not believed her elder half-siblings or her father have anything to do with her.

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Boris Johnson, partner Carrie Symonds announce birth of baby boy

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a baby boy.

Johnson’s office says Symonds gave birth to a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital” on Wednesday morning, and both mother and baby are doing well.

Johnson, 55, and Symonds, 32, announced in February that they were expecting a child together. At the time they said the baby was due in early summer.

Johnson only returned to work Monday after suffering from a bout of coronavirus. He spent a week in a London hospital, including three nights in intensive care.

Symonds also said she was sick for a week with coronavirus symptoms.

Johnson has four children with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, from whom he is divorced, and has fathered at least one other child outside his marriages,

The wives of two of the last four British prime ministers, David Cameron and Tony Blair, had babies while their husbands were in office.

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Boris Johnson's daughter is 'uncertain' about her financial future

Boris Johnson’s daughter Lara, 27, admits she’s ‘uncertain about future financial prospects’ as she spends lockdown with her boyfriend and family at their £1million country home

  • Lara Johnson-Wheeler, 27, is the eldest daughter of the PM and Marina Wheeler 
  • She is isolating at the family’s £1million home in Thame, Oxfordshire
  • Wrote an article for British Vogue about rediscovering her teenage wardrobe
  • Admitted she is ‘uncertain about future financial prospects’ due to the lockdown 
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Boris Johsnon’s daughter admitted she is unsure about the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on her ‘future financial prospects’ in an article for British Vogue

Lara Johnson-Wheeler, the eldest of the Prime Minister’s four children with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, admitted she is holding off on buying new clothes because she is uncertain about how the COVID-19 crisis will impact her finances.

The 27-year-old, who has followed in her father’s footsteps and is forging a career as a writer and editor, is in lockdown with her boyfriend at her family’s country home in Thame, Oxfordshire, which has an estimated value of £1million. 


Lara Johnson-Wheeler, left, the eldest of the Prime Minister’s four children with his second wife, Marina Wheeler (right together in 2012), admitted she is holding off on buying new clothes because she is uncertain about how the COVID-19 crisis will impact her finances

Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler, who announced their separation in 2018 and finalised their divorce in February this year, also owned an Islington townhouse thought to be worth at least £4million. 

 Mr Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds is pregnant with his fifth child. 

Writing for the fashion bible, Lara explained she has resorted to delving into her teenage wardrobe after failing to pack enough clothes. 

Here, in an extract from the article that appears in full on the Vogue website, Lara reflects how clothes hold the power to transport you to a different time and place – and help shape the person you present to the world. 

Lara is in lockdown with her boyfriend at her family’s country home in Thame, Oxfordshire, which has an estimated value of £1million. Pictured, with mother Marina

Like many others, I’ve been in isolation since March, and have been staying at my childhood home. I wasn’t prepared for the lockdown; my boyfriend and I thought we were heading to Oxfordshire for the weekend.

But no, it’s been 44 days and we only brought two jumpers, a dress, a skirt and a pair of trackies between us. I won’t even tell you how many pairs of underwear we packed.

Delving into fusty boxes of unsorted teen clothes was a necessity by week two. Rummaging past fishnet sleeve Punkyfish tops, a Tammy Girl jumper and multiple American Apparel leotards in a cacophony of colour, memories hit.

I’m trying my best not to buy more clothes right now, uncertain about future financial prospects and conscious it isn’t the time to splurge. But, I must confess, I did buy two headbands – one black and fluffy, from Shrimps, and one pink and from Prada – that I’ve been drooling over for months. 

I’m allotting these spending choices as self-care; I needed something to remind myself that sometimes, in the midst of all this uncertainty, it’s ok to use fashion to remind myself who I am today. 

Like everyone else, I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over. I can’t wait to be reunited with my pre-lockdown wardrobe. But more importantly, I can’t wait to be reunited with the people who helped make all the memories the clothes I’m currently wearing have imbued.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing himself back into work after battling coronavirus – The Sun

BORIS Johnson is easing himself back into work after surviving his life and death coronavirus battle.

The PM is getting daily notes from officials to keep him up to speed with daily events but is yet to start receiving his red Ministerial box.

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However it’s understood he is getting a read out from the morning Downing Street Covid-19 meeting which is being chaired by First Secretary of State Dominic Raab in his absence.

There are hopes that Boris will be well enough to lead the government and be back in Downing Street as early as next week. A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister is continuing his recovery at Chequers."

“He isn’t doing government work but is receiving updates on the coronavirus response. He has spoken to the First Secretary of State as well as other senior members of his No.10 team.”

Downing Street say that the amount of work he takes on will be “guided by advice of his medical team.” Last week the PM was visited by top aides, including Dominic Cummings, where he was handed more details of the UK’s response to the pandemic.

The spokesman added: “He saw some members of his senior No.10 team on Friday, this provided an opportunity for him to be updated on coronavirus response as he is also being sent written updates.”

Dominic Raab is expected to chair Cabinet towards the end of this week. He will also stand it at PMQs – although it is unclear as whether it will take place in Parliament, or if that will be digitally.


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Boris has been officially off sick since being taken to hospital on April 5, although doctors slimmed down his workload after he became more stricken by the disease in the days before his dash to St Thomas'.

His pregnant fiancé Carrie Symonds, 32 has also had her own battle with the virus. She revealed once the PM was discharged from hospital that “there were times last week that were very dark indeed.”

She added: “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”

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Boris Johnson has been in contact with ministers and private office

Boris Johnson has been in contact with ministers and his private office at Downing Street while he continues to recuperate at Chequers

  • Boris Johnson is continuing ‘resting and recuperating’ at his country residence 
  • Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick gives update on Prime Minister’s health 
  • He was released from hospital last weekend after treatment in intensive care  
  • Mr Jenrick hopes ‘he takes the time to get better as quickly as he possibly can’

Boris Johnson has been in contact with ministers while he continues ‘resting and recuperating’ from coronavirus at his country residence of Chequers. 

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick provided an update on the Prime Minister’s health during the daily press conference at Downing Street in Westminster.

Mr Johnson was released from St Thomas’ Hospital in London last weekend following treatment in intensive care as his symptoms worsened after being admitted. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson records a video message on Easter Sunday at 10 Downing Street  in Westminster after being release from St Thomas’ Hospital before leaving for Chequers

Mr Johnson is recovering at the PM’s country residence of Chequers, pictured on April 13

Asked about how Mr Johnson is, Mr Jenrick said this afternoon: ‘He’s resting and recuperating at Chequers. He’s taking his doctor’s advice.

‘He has had some contact with ministers, but mostly with his private office here at Downing Street and that’s absolutely right.

‘We all wish him well and hope that he takes the time to get better as quickly as he possibly can in the interim.’

It follows reports that Mr Johnson has spoken to his deputy Dominic Raab by phone as he recovers from the virus and is ‘keen to get back to work’.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said he was in touch with the Foreign Secretary from Chequers on Thursday – but is not doing any government work.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with his pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds in London on March 9

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick speaks at Downing Street in London this afternoon

Sources have told MailOnline that Mr Johnson is eager to get back to Downing Street next week, especially as the Commons recess is due to come to an end.

However, his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds and doctors are said to be concerned that might be too soon.

The news comes amid claims of drift at the heart of power while Mr Johnson gets over his stay in intensive care.

The lockdown measures were extended for at least another three weeks yesterday, with scientists still not confident the outbreak is under control.

But there is growing anger about the lack of an ‘exit strategy’, with the curbs wreaking havoc on the economy.

Labour’s Keir Starmer accused Mr Raab of being ‘reluctant’ to sign off a plan while Mr Johnson is still absent.

The PM’s spokesman dismissed that idea as ‘just wrong’ yesterday, adding of Mr Johnson: ‘He continues his recovery at Chequers,’ 

‘He’s not doing government work… He is focused on his recovery, he is not doing government work.’

Mr Johnson has not had any conversations with foreign leaders – although Ms Symonds did get a call from US First Lady Melania Trump this week.  

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