Boris Johnson news – Dominic Cummings leaks PM's Whatsapp message calling Matt Hancock 'totally f*****g hopeless'

BORIS Johnson branded Matt Hancock "totally f***ing hopeless", bombshell WhatsApps leaked by Dominic Cummings reveal.

The vengeful ex-No10 aide today published an expletive-ridden 7,000-word blogpost stuffed with explosive screenshots of texts with the PM.

One message from March 2020 shows Mr Cummings complaining about Mr Hancock's handling of Britain's sluggish testing rollout. The PM bluntly replies: "Totally f***ing hopeless".

Mr Johnson later appeared to denounce efforts to procure PPE in the first wave as a "disaster".

Scolding the Health Secretary had botched the job, he added: "I can't think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on."

Read our coronavirus live blog below for the latest news and updates…

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    MINISTERS WARNED SCHOOLCHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE VACCINATED YET

    Ministers will be told they can’t green-light Covid jabs for children until more is known about the potential risks, it has been reported.

    The Telegraph reports that experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are expected to advise Boris Johnson not to order jabs for children yet.

    The committee is understood to be preparing a statement that could be released by the end of the week.

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    HAPPY AT HOME

    One-third of employees are now working from home – and 85 per cent of them want to keep it that way.

    A study by the Office for National Statistics showed 37 per cent of workers had spent some time out of office.

    That is up from 27 per cent in the pre-Covid era of 2019.

    You can read more here

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    JOBS BLOW

    Thousands of jobs could be at risk after Boris Johnson pushed back lifting all lockdown restrictions beyond the July furlough deadline.

    In a gloomy press conference yesterday evening, the PM announced that ‘Freedom Day’ would be delayed by four weeks from June 21 to July 19.

    But experts have raised concerns about whether this setback could put thousands of furloughed workers’ jobs at risk.

    This is because lockdown lifting has been delayed beyond the date furlough support starts to be reduced.

    More on the story here

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    WATCH: CARE HOME STAFF MAY BE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO GET COVID JAB

    Care home staff ‘legally required to get Covid jab’ to protect residents under new plans

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    LOCKDOWN FEARS

    Brits could face lockdowns until next spring – as a local council hires £30,000-a-year Covid marshals to work until March 2022.

    It’s emerged that Croydon Council are looking to hire more of the marshals – with their fixed-term contracts not coming to an end for nine more months.

    And while there may be another explanation for the hires, concerns are rising it’s a sign of things to come.

    Political website Guido Fawkes reports: “Marshals will be paid over £30,000 to enforce restrictions that supposedly would have been lifted over eight months earlier.

    “According to the job-listing which was posted seven days ago, Covid marshals will advise people and businesses on how to follow Covid-19 regulations and “stay safe”.

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    DOMINIC CUMMINGS HAS UPDATED HIS TWITTER THREAD ON COVID FAILURES

    Former No10 adviser Dominic Cummings has updated his Twitter thread on where he thinks the Government went wrong responding to the pandemic with ascreenshot allegedly from the Prime Minister calling Matt Hancock "f***ing hopeless".

    In the screenshot of a March 2020 WhatsApp convesation with a phone number saved as 'Johnson Boris' in Cummings' phone, Cummings writes the U.S. has rammed up its testing but the UK was lagging behind.

    In evidence to a joint select committee inquiry on the early stages of the pandemic, Cummings said he had told the PM Hancock should have been fired for lying and incompetence "at least 20 times".

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    KHAN'S WARNING (CONTINUED)

    Khan said: "It is absolutely fantastic that Scotland are playing in their first international tournament for 23 years and I cannot wait for Friday's match.

    "Scottish fans are renowned around the world for bringing a party atmosphere with them to the big tournaments but with Covid restrictions still in place on both sides of the border, the best thing for fans without tickets to the game or a safe place to watch it is to enjoy the game from Scotland and not come to London.

    "In an ideal world I would welcome the Tartan Army to London for this match with open arms, but with Covid cases increasing, and with so much at stake as we fight this awful virus, I'm afraid that it just cannot be this time, so the best thing to do is not to come to London and instead enjoy the game at home."

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    LONDON MAYOR BEGANS SCOTLAND FANS NOT TO COME TO LONDON FOR EUROs MATCH

    Ticketless Scotland fans who gather in London to watch their team's Euro 2020 match with England risk creating a spike in coronavirus cases, the city's mayor has warned.

    Sadiq Khan reiterated a plea made earlier this month for the Tartan Army to stay at home for the match on Friday evening unless they have a safe place to watch the game.

    Warning of the risk posed by the Delta variant, he asked supporters not to gather in the capital.

    He said Scotland supporters will not be able to access their traditional meeting spot of Trafalgar Square as it will be used as a socially-distanced, ticketed fan zone for key workers, and pubs will have limited space due to coronavirus measures.

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    COVID JABS COULD BE MANDATORY FOR CARE HOME STAFF

    The Government is to announce that care home workers will be required to have mandatory coronavirus vaccinations.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock is known to be in favour of the move, while England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has said doctors and care workers have a "professional responsibility" to protect their patients.

    Ministers will announce the move in the coming days, the PA news agency has been told, after a consultation was carried out into using staff vaccination in England to protect the most vulnerable from Covid-19.

    Consultation will also begin on whether other health and care workers should also have the jabs.

    It comes after concerns that some parts of the country, such as London, have particularly low uptake of vaccines for care home staff.

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    OVER 30m BRITS DOUBLE JABBED

    Over 30 million people in the UK have now had both their Covid jabs.

    More than 41 million Brits have had a first jab, with the rollout speeding up to beat the Delta variant.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Second doses are increasingly vital, so this is an incredibly important milestone.

    “Day after day, our vaccination programme reaches new heights.

    “With over 30 million people across the UK now receiving a second dose, we are giving the fullest possible protection to our loved ones in the face of new variants.”

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    MINISTERS WARNED SCHOOLCHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE VACCINATED YET

    Ministers will be told they can’t green-light Covid jabs for children until more is known about the potential risks, it has been reported.

    The Telegraph reports that experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are expected to advise Boris Johnson not to order jabs for children yet.

    The committee is understood to be preparing a statement that could be released by the end of the week.

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    LOCKDOWN FEARS

    Brits could face lockdowns until next spring – as a local council hires £30,000-a-year Covid marshals to work until March 2022.

    It's emerged that Croydon Council are looking to hire more of the marshals – with their fixed-term contracts not coming to an end for nine more months.

    And while there may be another explanation for the hires, concerns are rising it's a sign of things to come.

    Political website Guido Fawkes reports: "Marshals will be paid over £30,000 to enforce restrictions that supposedly would have been lifted over eight months earlier.

    "According to the job-listing which was posted seven days ago, Covid marshals will advise people and businesses on how to follow Covid-19 regulations and “stay safe”.

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    HAPPY AT HOME

    One-third of employees are now working from home – and 85 per cent of them want to keep it that way.

    A study by the Office for National Statistics showed 37 per cent of workers had spent some time out of office.

    That is up from 27 per cent in the pre-Covid era of 2019.

    You can read more here

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    NUMBER OF COVID-19 HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN ENGLAND BACK ABOVE 1,000

    The number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 in England has topped 1,000 for the first time in nearly six weeks.

    A total of 1,030 patients were in hospital as of 8am on June 15, according to the latest figures from NHS England.

    This is up 17% from a week ago.

    It is the first time the number has been above 1,000 since May 5.

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    VIRAL WAVE

    Hundreds of daily Covid deaths are still likely even after Britain's lockdown lift delay, a Sage expert warned this morning.

    Professor Graham Medley also suggested the removal of restrictions could be reversed if hospital numbers rise.

    The expert, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Although the numbers of deaths are low at the moment, everyone expects that they will rise.

    "The question is really as to what level they will rise. And at the moment there is a lot of uncertainty in what's going to happen over the next couple of months."

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    WORST DAILY CASE RATE IN EUROPE (CONTINUED)

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    BRITAIN HAS THE WORST COVID RATE IN EUROPE, ACCORDING TO NEW DATA

    The UK has the highest daily rate of coronavirus infections in Europe, according to figures published today.

    The stats revealed 107.3 people per million tested positive for the virus per day on average during the last week, as the dreaded Delta variant continues to spread across the country.

    Figures recorded by the Oxford University-based research platform, Our World in Data, show Brits have even surpassed Spain on the Covid Richter scale.

    The UK has now been ranked in pole position with the highest number of new cases in Europe – ahead of Spain, which has a rate of 104.6 cases per million, Latvia with an average of 92.1, and followed by Andorra with 90.6.

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    'FINISHING THE JOB'

    Sir Simon told the NHS Confederation annual conference that the NHS would "finish the job" of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the "greatest extent possible" over the next four weeks.

    He said: "It is now very important that we use the next four weeks to finish the job to the greatest extent possible for the Covid vaccination programme, which has been a historic signature achievement in terms of the effectiveness of delivering by the NHS – over 60 million doses now administered.

    "By July 19 we aim to have offered perhaps two thirds of adults across the country double jabs.

    "Of course, vaccine supply continues to be constrained, so we're pacing ourselves at precisely the rate of which we're getting that extra vaccine supply between now and July 19."

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    ALL OVER-18S TO BE OFFERED JAB THIS WEEK

    All over 18s will be offered a Covid vaccine by the end of this week, an NHS chief said today.

    It will be the last group of adults invited to get their jab, less than seven months after the programme started.

    Speaking at the NHS Confed Virtual Conference, Sir Simon Stevens said the health service was continuing its record-breaking jab blitz.

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    JOBS BLOW

    Thousands of jobs could be at risk after Boris Johnson pushed back lifting all lockdown restrictions beyond the July furlough deadline.

    In a gloomy press conference yesterday evening, the PM announced that ‘Freedom Day’ would be delayed by four weeks from June 21 to July 19.

    But experts have raised concerns about whether this setback could put thousands of furloughed workers’ jobs at risk.

    This is because lockdown lifting has been delayed beyond the date furlough support starts to be reduced.

    More on the story here

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    PIERS SLAMS ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTERS

    Piers Morgan has slammed anti-lockdown protesters as “disgusting” after they chased the political editor of BBC’s Newsnight into Downing Street.

    Nicholas Watt was surrounded by a baying mob who called him a "c***" and blocked his path as he tried to escape.

    Posting on Twitter Piers said: “Disgusting ignorant scum.

    “Too thick to realise this journalist has nothing to do with Govt policies.”

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    SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES IN BLACKBURN HAS PEAKED

    The surge in Covid-19 cases in Blackburn with Darwen looks to have peaked, with case rates stabilising for the first time in over a month, new figures suggest.

    A total of 897 coronavirus cases were recorded in the local authority in the seven days to June 10 – the equivalent of 599.2 cases per 100,000 people.

    Although this is up week-on-week from 548.4, it is below the figure of 666.7 recorded for the seven days to June 7, which was the highest for the area since the middle of January.

    Since June 7, the seven-day rate of new cases has dropped on each successive day.

    The figures have been calculated by the PA news agency from Public Health England data.

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    ITALY REPORTS NEW 63 COVID-19 DEATHS

    Italy reported 63 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday against 36 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 1,255 from 907.

    Italy has registered 127,101 deaths linked to Covid-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eight-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.25 million cases to date.

    Patients in hospital with Covid-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 3,333 on Tuesday, down from 3,465 a day earlier.

    There were 26 new admissions to intensive care units, up from 11 on Monday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 504 from a previous 536.

    Some 212,112 tests for Covid-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 79,524, the health ministry said. 

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    ALL OVER-18s LIKELY TO BE ABLE TO BOOK THEIR COVID JAB BY END OF THE WEEK

    Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS in England, said that all adults in England should be able to book their Covid-19 jab “by the end of this week”.

    He told the NHS Confederation annual conference that the NHS would “finish the job” of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to the “greatest extent possible” over the next four weeks.

    Sir Simon said: “It is now very important that we use the next four weeks to finish the job to the greatest extent possible for the Covid vaccination programme, which has been a historic signature achievement in terms of the effectiveness of delivering by the NHS – over 60 million doses now administered.

    “By July 19 we aim to have offered perhaps two thirds of adults across the country double jabs.

    “And we’re making great strides also in extending the offer to all adults – today people aged 23 and 24 are able to vaccinate through the National Booking Service.

    “I expect that by the end of this week, we’ll be able to open up the National Booking Service to all adults age 18 and above.

    “Of course, vaccine supply continues to be constrained, so we’re pacing ourselves at precisely the rate of which we’re getting that extra vaccine supply between now and July 19.”

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    No10 CONFIRMS ALL OVER-18s WILL BE OFFERED THEIR FIRST DOSE OF VACCINE BY THE END OF THE WEEK

    Downing Street has confirmed that over-18s will be offered their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at the end of this week, after it was announced by chief executive of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “From the end of this week, over-18s will be able to get their jab.”

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