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9.07am BST

The boss of Britain’s largest representative group for care homes said he fears the government’s test and trace scheme will result in “many” members of staff having to self-isolate.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said testing in care homes needs to be prioritised, and expressed fears that the test and trace scheme will result in “many” members of staff having to self-isolate.

“We have got to get on top of it and we’ve got to also prioritise care homes because of course it’s care homes where the most vulnerable people live, so I really want to see testing ramped up.

“I want to see also some really clear policy on how we both test but also track and trace, because I have real concerns that the tracking and tracing programme – unless we get proper guidance for care homes – will produce many staff having to self-isolate and that will again exacerbate the problems in care homes.

8.59am BST

One of the standout moments of yesterday’s Downing Street briefing was Boris Johnson twice stopping his two most senior scientific advisors, Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, from answering questions about Dominic Cummings. Johnson said he wanted to protect them from “any political questions”.

However, Prof Stephen Reicher, a member of the Sage subcommittee advising the government on behavioural science, says that asking whether the Cummings affair has impacted public trust in the government was, in fact, a scientific question and could reasonably be posed to the government’s advisors:

Did the Cummings affair impact trust in Government?’. That IS a question of science.
Of behavioural science.
Polling data gives a clear answer.
Yes. It did.
Should Cummings resign for undermining trust and hence the response to Covid-19?
That is a political question.

Cummings may stay, but he stays at a cost:
to trust in Government
to the influence of Government.
It will undermine leadership at a time when we desperatley need good leadership.
And if the PM thinks that is a price worth paying, it diminishes him still further as a leader.

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