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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Shawn Johnson and Husband Andrew East Get Creative in Celebrating Their Anniversary During Quarantine

Olympic gymnast and former Dancing With The Stars champ Shawn Johnson East recently welcomed her first child, daughter Drew Hazel, with husband Andrew East in October. With the family in lockdown amidst the coronavirus crisis, the couple had to think outside the box on how to commemorate their fourth wedding anniversary.

The gold medalist recently commented on time in quarantine with her husband and daughter, and shared details on how they were able to make their anniversary celebration special.

The ‘DWTS’ champ discusses relationship changes after baby

Always active on social media, Johnson and East are very open about changes and challenges in their lives, including how having a baby shifted the dynamics of their relationship.

“It’s not something people prepare you for,” Johnson told Prevention in February. “You’re used to you and your significant other being each other’s top priority the whole time. You never have to share your person with another person… trying to figure out that new dynamic of three, it takes an adjustment period.”

East acknowledged how the lack of sleep that accompanies the care of a newborn can affect quality time in the marriage.

“After the early mornings and late nights, the first couple of months are so hard, because by the time it’s just me and Shawn when we put Drew down at night, it’s like, ‘Don’t talk to me, I’m tired. I wanna lay in bed,’” East explained.

Despite the adjustments, the former professional football player praised his wife for how she’s rising to the challenges of motherhood. “I’ve been so impressed with Shawn,” he said. “It’s really amazing to see all of the sacrifices that moms make. There’s so many decisions that need to be made, and so many emotions that go into parenting.”

Shawn Johnson and Andrew East mark four years of marriage

Now in quarantine like the rest of the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the couple is getting plenty of time together and with their 6-month-old daughter. East shared that they are learning how to adjust now that “the pace is just slowed down.”

“It was tough for us for the first couple of weeks,” he said, according to Good Morning America. “But it’s been really fantastic to kind of just sit on the front porch and not have anything to talk about sometimes — as opposed to stressing out and like, ‘Oh, we got to make sure we got to do this,’ and tackling the to-do list.”

While lockdown prevented the couple from commemorating their fourth wedding anniversary at a fancy restaurant or event, they were still able to get some family members to take over babysitting duties where they could enjoy a special evening. Johnson and East got a bit inventive in setting a romantic ambiance while keeping things low key.

“So my mom and dad are actually quarantined with us,” Johnson said. “So they watched our daughter inside the house and then we went and sat in our backyard in lawn chairs and we ate tacos and drank margaritas in onesies.”

Olympic gymnast’s concerns for her daughter

Though Johnson is focusing on the positives of being with her family, she is increasingly concerned about Drew’s welfare in the midst of the pandemic.

“There’s all these new worries and fears you have in general about taking care of your kid and making the right decisions and protecting them,” the DWTS star admitted. “For me, quarantine has been this massive anxiety and fear of how do I keep my baby, our baby, healthy? How do you go to the grocery store and not risk bringing it home?”

With her husband being a strong emotional support, Johnson realizes that many people are going through the same issues. “I think everyone within homes might have differing opinions,” she said. “Everyone’s trying to process how to go about all of it.”

Congratulations to the happy couple on four years of marriage!

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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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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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Chad Johnson reveals he’s planning on moving to Las Vegas to set up his own ‘porn palace’ after domestic violence arrest – The Sun

BACHELOR In Paradise star Chad Johnson wants to move to Las Vegas to start his very own "porn palace" after his unplanned career in adult entertainment has taken off.

The 32-year-old reality star revealed he had started sharing sexy videos of himself with on-again-off-again girlfriend Annalise Mishler on the adult website, Only Fans.

Chad admitted he started the account – where fans pay to watch his content – after losing endorsement deals and other contracts following his arrest for domestic violence in February.

He told the Daily Mail: "I'm tired of basically being f***ed around by Hollywood! I need money, I gotta figure out something, this is a way to take the power back."

Chad pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanor charges following an incident in February, where it's alleged he punched a hole in the wall during an explosive argument with Annalise.

The pair are back together and revealed last month they had started the Only Fans account.



The Bachelorette star said in March: "We've already made a lot of sex tapes, we've just kept them to ourselves – we were like if we're going to do this all the time why don't we put it out there.

"At this point I was like, yeah, what have we got to lose? Let's have some fun!"

It seems he is doing quite well of the new venture and plans to extend his empire in Sin City.

He said: "I've always had a really crazy high sex drive so it's been pretty easy for me, to be able to make money off of it is f***ing amazing. I don't regret it at all, I always knew I'd do something in this industry I just wasn't sure what.

"It's just so good to not have to deal with the liars of Hollywood who make stuff up and tell me they have great things happening and then six months down the line you're like, 'Whatever happened to that?'."

Chad added: "Everything is going really well, if this keeps up and I start to really make this all work, I'm going to probably move to Vegas and just going to keep the ball rolling.

"Houses are so cheap in Vegas, I could get like a compound out there. I could set up a house with multiple studios in every room and then just fly people in, it would be fun.

"I think it's intriguing to people I guess, for a famous person to go from doing shows where you're watching their personality to all of a sudden doing full-blown porn."

The former ABC star – who has admitted to having problems with alcohol – later concerned fans when he posted a disturbing image of a rope tied to the door.

Police were called to his home for a welfare check and he was taken in for further evaluation less than 24 hours later.

The reality star’s father, Danny Johnson, revealed exclusively to The Sun that he is looking into treatment for his troubled son.

Chad admitted his dad hasn't said anything about his new career but his sister is "embarrassed and ashamed".

He explained: "My dad hasn't really said anything, but my sister has said she's embarrassed and ashamed.

"But you know, my sister is one of the top real estate agents in Oklahoma, she's had a consistent career for a very long time.

'I'm like, okay, well I've been sitting here in LA grinding my a** off for several years, I'm finally doing something that's making me money and making me happy, maybe you can take that three minutes of shame that you're feeling and f**k off with it."


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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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