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Covid lockdown news – live: ‘Boris Johnson variant’ surging in UK due to PM’s border failures, says Labour

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 (Alamy Live News.)
(Alamy Live News.)

Labour is attempting to pin the blame for rapidly rising coronavirus infections squarely on the prime minister today, dubbing the Delta strain of Covid-19 the “Boris Johnson variant”.

The government’s “unforgivable recklessness” at the border is the cause of the surge and the delay to the end of lockdown, accordng to Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary.

The claim came as NHS England announced that all over-18s in England would be able to book their first vaccine by the end of next week. Boosting inoculation rates is a key plank of Mr Johnson’s plan to reopen the economy on 19 July.

The PM said on Monday he was confident no further delay would be necessary but was unable to rule that out, warning of the possibility that an unforeseen and “far more dangerous” variant could emerge.

Scientists have warned more than 40,000 people could die this summer as the Delta variant sweeps through the UK, even after the decision to postpone the lifting of lockdown.

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