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Starmer says thousands of people have been walking around who should have been self-isolating. He says it would be one thing if this were a one-off. But it isn’t. He quotes other mistake, and says this is government by hindsight. It is 100 days since the first local restrictions were introduced. They are not working. What will the government do?
Johnson says the government will support areas that need lockdowns. He says two weeks ago Starmer said he supported the rule of six. But last night in the vote on it Labour abstained.
Starmer says the PM’s assurance does not wash. In Manchester some of the cases date back to the middle of September. It is too late to contact people, and if they could be reached, it would be too late to tell them to self-isolate anyway. Why did it happen?
Johnson says Starmer cannot call it a computer error and a human error. He repeats the point about how the mistake has not changed the assessment of the disease. He quotes the latest figures for Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. He says two thirds of those admitted into hospital on Sunday were in the north-east, the north-west and Yorkshire.