The PM’s decision to postpone further easing of lockdown restrictions is “understandable”, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said.
He told Times Radio: “Two weeks ago, Boris Johnson was suggesting it could all be over by Christmas and I think many people thought there would be a kind of lull in this virus across the summer.”
But the Labour MP said the increase in infection rates and outbreaks across Europe were a reminder the virus hadn’t gone away.
Mr Ashworth added: “Of course, it comes off the back of the devastating news yesterday that we’ve now had the highest death rate in Europe confirmed.”
Repeating the assertion that the government was “too slow early in responding to this virus”, he said: “I think it’s understandable why they’ve had to make these decisions so quickly and dramatically in the last 24 hours.”