Boris Johnson was under mounting pressure to change course on his coronavirus lockdown plans tonight after another sharp fall in infections. As scores of Tory backbenchers threaten to rebel in a crunch vote next week, the latest figures showed the UK had 16,022 more cases – down more than a fifth on last Friday’s number. Fresh data also revealed the disease’s ‘R’ reproduction rate may have dipped below the crucial number of one – meaning the outbreak is shrinking rather than growing. Senior MPs seized on the news to urge Mr Johnson to halt his proposals for plunging 99 per cent of England – including many places with relatively low case rates – into the toughest two lockdown tiers when the current blanket squeeze ends on December 2. Former Cabinet minister Sir Iain Duncan Smith told MailOnline the figures were more evidence that government had ‘jumped the gun’ and been ‘bounced’ by scientists. He said Mr Johnson should now delay changing tier levels for another two weeks, so the full impact of the national lockdown is clear. ‘Just what the hell are the government doing? I can’t believe they haven’t waited to see what the figures were doing, and what… Read full this story
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