UK Covid live: No 10 says MPs won’t vote on 10-year sentences for travel ban cheats because law already in place

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Latest updates: government will use Forgery Act to enforce 10-year sentences; PM says people must ‘get used to re-vaccinating in the autumn

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The latest UK Covid statistics are now up, on the government’s dashboard. Here are the headline numbers. The key illness figures are all moving in the right direction (down), and at a marginally faster rate than yesterday.

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Sir Charles Walker, the vice chair of the the backbench Conservative 1922 Committee, has escalated his attack on Matt Hancock, the health secretary, over the plan to threaten anyone lying about visiting a “red list” country with up to 10 years in jail. Walker was reasonably robust on the World at One (see 2.11pm), but on Sky News just now he let rip even further. Walker said:

Are we really going to lock people up for 10 years for being dishonest about the fact that they’ve been to Portugal?

By all means give them a fine, give them a hefty fine, a few thousand pounds. Are you really seriously suggesting, secretary of state, that we’ve got enough prison capacity to start locking up 19-year-old silly kids for 10 years?

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