By Simon Gentry, Newgate Public Affairs
Scenes of crowded beaches and news of street parties in some cities has caused the Prime Minister to warn that “It is still dangerous; the virus is still out there.” He said that spikes in coronavirus cases in other countries should act as a warning to people who ignore social distancing rules. Mr Johnson said people in countries abroad were “not observing social distancing”, the BBC reported. “Some parts of the world – I won’t name them – have got spikes, really serious spikes in instances of the disease, so it’s crucial that people understand that on 4 July we get this right, that we do this in a balanced way, and we recognise the risks,” he said. “You may think you are not going to get it, that you’re immortal and invincible and so on – and very likely that’s true if you are young person. But the bug you carry can kill elderly people particularly”. Ministers have warned UK beaches could be closed if infections rise. The government will be pleased that the sultry weather is due to come to an end this weekend, with temperatures in the teens next week.
A further 186 deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours, with the total number to have died now standing at 43,414. The latest figures, released by the Department for Health and Social Care, showed a further 1,006 people had tested positive for the virus.
The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, met senior members of his party’s left-wing today to discuss his decision to sack the Shadow Education Secretary, Rebecca Long Bailey after she indicated support for an actress’ comments in an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. The meeting was described as cordial, but there is no denying the fury of many on the left of the party about her treatment.
Andrew Carter, the Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities, has called today in the ConservativeHome website for the UK to move to a US-style zoning system as a way of over-coming the crisis in house building. The Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick, is reported to be working with Dominic Cummings on a very significant reform of the planning system which the government increasingly believes is actually designed to prevent house building, not expediate it. The plans are expected to be revealed in September or October.