Boris Johnson warned new COVID-19 restrictions to have ‘severe long-term impact’ on UK

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Boris Johnson is believed to be considering additional coronavirus restrictions after the introduction of a pub and restaurant ban across Scotland on Wednesday. Several MPs have expressed their disagreement with the measures, with the Prime Minister facing the threat of rebellion in the Commons over the Coronavirus Act. Wycombe in Buckinghamshire MP Steve Baker warned the introduction of additional restrictions would be a “great danger” for the future of the UK.

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Baker said: “There are increasing numbers of people in a position to know saying the cost of lockdown are worse than the cost of the disease.

“I think it would have a very severe impact on the country for the long term.

“The problem the Prime Minister has is he is betting the country on vaccine turning up and solving all these problems.

“That is the essential question – will it come?”

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Mr Baker added: “I’m listening, for example, to Dr Ben Spencer MP telling us that a vaccine won’t come or, if it does come, it won’t do everything people hope.

“There is great danger in jumping into a lobster pot from which we can’t emerge. We need to emerge.”

But a series of leaked documents has suggested the Government’s work on a vaccine may be more advanced than previously let on.

The NHS masterplan outlined plans for multiple vaccination centres springing up across the country to help inoculate tens of thousands of people ahead of Christmas.

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Trainee nurses, paramedics and physicians will be joining the health service at each centre to administer the jab, according to The Sun.

The Government last month already signaled NHS staff, social carers and the elderly will be prioritised when it comes got vaccination.

The revelation comes as the UK continues to record a concerning number of new COVID-19 infections daily.

According to the latest figures available from Test and Trace, 51,475 people tested positive for the coronavirus between September 24 and 30, a 56 percent increase compared to the previous week.

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Should the Prime Minister push ahead with the additional restrictions, schools, universities, shops and offices are expected to remain open but workers urged to continue working from home.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday showed there were 48,168 deaths in the first eight months of the year where COVID-19 was a factor.

Deaths due to pneumonia were put at 13,619 and flu deaths were 394.

The statistics related to deaths which occurred in England and Wales between January and August.

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