6pm Coronavirus UK news – Boris REFUSES to rule out new national lockdown as 4k new Covid cases in 24 hours

BORIS Johnson has refused to rule out a second national lockdown, but said it would have “disastrous” financial implications.

The Prime Minister was GRILLED by MPs over school testing chaos and the ‘failure’ of the test and trace system.

Schools are struggling to cope with the lack of Covid-19 testing for staff and students with the situation becoming “increasingly out of control”, a teaching union leader has warned.

With hundreds of pupils being sent home to self-isolate because of school outbreaks, officials are calling for a more robust plan for testing.

Meanwhile, MPs fear the hospitality industry could crash again as the warm weather dwindles.

The idea for a winter Eat Out to Help Out scheme is said to be “under review”.

The news comes amid test chaos as up to 230,000 people wait for their test results which Matt Hancock admitted today said could last for weeks.

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