Boris Johnson confronts backbench critics over Covid restrictions

PM stands by 10pm closing for pubs and restaurants in England and stringent local rules affecting millions

Boris Johnson has confronted critics of his coronavirus strategy, insisting there is “only one way of doing this” and saying he is not willing simply to “let the virus take its course”.

After days of criticism from his own restive backbenchers and local leaders, the prime minister gave a press conference in which he stood by his decision to impose a 10pm closing time on pubs and restaurants across England, as well as more stringent local rules affecting millions of people.

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