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Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer Calls For National Lockdown Within 24 hours

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has asked the government to impose a national lockdown within 24 hours.

Sir Keir said national restrictions have to be the first step as the virus is “clearly out of control”.

The Labour leader was reacting to the news that another 54,990 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, making it the sixth day in a row that the country has recorded over 50,000 cases.

He said, “It’s no good the prime minister hinting that further restrictions are coming into place in a week or two or three. That delay has been the source of so many problems.

“So I say bring in those restrictions now, national restrictions within the next 24 hours. That has to be the first step to controlling the virus.”

Government record shows that the UK has recorded another 454 deaths from coronavirus complications.

It takes the total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK to 75,024, Sky News report.

During an interview with Andrew Marr of BBC, Boris Johnson had warned that there will be tougher restrictions ahead, saying “It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that may be tougher. I’m fully reconciled to that. I think the whole country is fully reconciled to that.”

Mr Johnson also urged parents to send their children to school tomorrow amid increasing cases of coronavirus cases, with more transmissible variant spread which tends to affect more children than before.