UK PM Boris Johnson dismisses criticism on local lockdowns, coronavirus app

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday dismissed criticism of his government’s plans to implement local lockdowns if there are flare ups of the novel coronavirus and of an app to trace the spread of the virus.

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At prime minister’s questions, the opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer suggested both systems were not yet ready before England eases its coronavirus lockdown from July 4.

“We have a very effective cluster-busting operation which is designed to ensure that we keep those outbreaks under control.

“I am not going to pretend that this thing is beaten or that the virus has gone away.

“We have to remain vigilant and local councils will be supported in doing their vital work in implementing local lockdowns,’’ Johnson said in response.

He, however, challenged Starmer to find any other country that has a functioning tracing app.

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