By Guy Faulconbridge and Estelle Shirbon
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and will curb timings for bars and restaurants to tackle a fast-spreading second coronavirus wave, but the opposition accused him of losing control.
With millions across the United Kingdom already under some form of COVID-19 restriction, Johnson will tighten measures in England while stopping short of another full lockdown like he imposed in March, according to his office and ministers.
Johnson will hold emergency meetings with ministers, address parliament at 1130 GMT and then speak to the nation at 1900 GMT after government scientists warned that the death rate would soar without urgent action.
Just weeks after urging people to start returning to workplaces, Johnson will now advise them to stay at home if they can, according to his office and ministers. He will also
PMQs: Rayner urges Johnson to ‘get some skates on’ with Covid testing improvements before ‘winter crisis’
Boris Johnson has been told to urgently protect care homes from coronavirus by improving the testing regime and providing PPE ahead of winter, when the NHS is expected to struggle.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner, in her first Prime Minister’s Questions, urged Mr Johnson to “get some skates on” before a “winter crisis hits” the UK’s care homes.
She said the UK is “staring down the barrel of a second wave” and care home workers are “still not getting the PPE they need, they’re still not getting the testing they need.”
The care sector has been severely hit by the coronavirus crisis, with over 20,000 residents having died with the illness.
Ms Rayner added: “I urge the Prime Minister to get on top of this problem now before the winter crisis hits.
“The Prime Minister has put his faith in Operation Moonshot, but meanwhile on planet Earth there