Coronavirus latest- Sage adviser Professor John Edmunds said that coronavirus is “holding a gun to the PM’s head”.
BORIS Johnson faced a growing backlash over his plan to close Northern pubs and restaurants despite a series of grim warnings from government advisers.
The looming restrictions come as Professor Chris Whitty warned of more than 300 intensive care patients in just 21 days from now unless urgent action is taken to stop the spread.
Downing Street dispatched Chief Medical Officer Prof Whitty to give a private briefing to Northern MPs to quell a Commons lockdown revolt.
He shared unpublished data with the representatives that claimed pubs and restaurants were to blame for 30 per cent of recent virus cases in a bid to gain their support for tougher measures.
But pub bosses warned hospitality would not survive another shutdown without a major cash injection from the Treasury.
The British Beer & Pub Association said any stricter lockdown measures in the North could “destroy” pubs in the region and pleaded for a bailout if it happens.
The Sun can reveal Chancellor Rishi Sunak will spend the weekend finalising a “toolbox of different measures” to help workers and businesses hit by the Government’s planned lockdown next week.
Pub bosses’ fury as Boris Johnson plans Northern shutdown because Covid is ‘holding a gun to his head’
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