UK Covid live: Sunak announces £4.6bn package of grants to help firms through third coronavirus lockdown | Politics

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Good morning. England and Scotland have this morning entered full lockdown, joining Wales and Northern Ireland where similar lockdowns were already in place. It is not the start to 2021 that any of us would have wanted, but you can’t pretend no one saw this coming, and we have at least been here before.

Here is our overnight story on the new rules, announced by Boris Johnson in a TV address last night.

And here is our guide to the new restrictions for England.

This morning Labour is calling for clarification of what extra support will be available for workers and businesses affected by the new rules. Johnson did not cover this in his announcement last night. This is from Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor.

Anneliese Dodds
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A lockdown on the same scale as last March makes further changes to economic support inevitable.

This should have been set out last night – but yet again the PM kept people in the dark.

Instead of waiting days to set the record straight, the Chancellor needs to act today.


January 5, 2021

Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, has been doing interviews this mornig, and he said Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, would be making an announcement later.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: The ONS publishes its weekly death figures for England and Wales.

12pm: Downing Street is due to hold its daily lobby briefing.

12.15pm: Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, holds her daily coronavirus briefing.

Politics Live is now doubling up as the UK coronavirus live blog and, given the way the Covid crisis eclipses everything, this will continue for the foreseeable future. But we will be covering non-Covid political stories too, and when they seem more important or more interesting, they will take precedence.

Here is our global coronavirus live blog.

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Source: The Guardian
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