The SNP‘s Westminster chief urged the Prime Minister to subject extra funds for Scotland, claiming failing to take action would “put Scotland’s economic recovery at risk”. However Boris Johnson blasted in response: “I respectfully remind the Rt. Honourable Gentleman that Scotland has so far received as part of our UK campaign against coronavirus £3.8 billion now in barnet consequential.
“A truth, that I am certain is seldom off his lips in his discussions together with his SNP colleagues.
“We will continue to invest massively in Scotland because Scotland like the whole of the UK benefits from being part of the oldest and most successful political partnership anywhere in the world.
“And I congratulate the SNP, by the way in which, on their U-turn on training and getting youngsters again to highschool.”
Mr Blackford also said the health and economic emergency following the Covid-19 outbreak requires an “unprecedented response”.
He stated: “On Monday, the Scottish Authorities’s financial advisory group led by unbiased enterprise leaders revealed their preliminary evaluation to safe a powerful restoration. Will the Prime Minister welcome these efforts find a means ahead out of this financial disaster?”
To which Mr Johnson replied: “Sure certainly, I can be solely too pleased to review the paperwork (to) which (he) refers.”
Taking questions from Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer, the Prime Minister said the NHS Test and Trace team have so far contacted 87,000 people.
Sir Keir Starmer said: “Yesterday the Authorities introduced the subsequent stage of easing lockdown restrictions. If that plan is to work, and we would like it to work, we want an efficient monitor, hint and isolate system.
“The Prime Minister promised a world-beating system would be in place by 1 June. The latest figures from yesterday’s press conference hosted by the Prime Minister show that 33,000 people are estimated to have Covid-19 in England.
“The most recent monitor, hint and isolate figures present that simply over 10,000 individuals with Covid-19 had been reached and requested to offer contact particulars.
“I do recognise the hard work that has gone into this, but if two-thirds of those with Covid-19 are not being reached and asked to provide contact details, there’s a big problem, isn’t there?”
Mr Johnson replied: “On the contrary, I think (Sir Keir Starmer) has been stunned by the success of the Test and Trace operation and, contrary to his prognostications of gloom, it has got up and running, I think, much faster than the doubters expected.”
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Sir Keir Starmer stated the economic system can’t be reopened and not using a profitable monitor and hint system.
“The Prime Minister risks making the mistakes he made at the beginning of the pandemic, brushing aside challenge, dashing forward, not estimating properly the risks,” stated the Labour chief.
“If two-thirds of those with Covid-19 are not being contacted that is a big problem, because if we don’t get track, trace and isolate properly running we can’t open the economy, we can’t prevent infection spreading.”
He added: “What is the Government’s strategy for closing the gap between the number of people with Covid-19 and those going into the system, not what happens to those that go into the system?”
Boris Johnson replied: “The 33,000 cases in the country is, of course, an estimate. What NHS Test and Trace is doing is contacting the vast majority of those who test positive and their own contacts and getting them to self-isolate, and it is a formidable achievement.”