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Telegraph, 16 Sep 2020
A second national lockdown would have 'disastrous' financial consequences for the UK, Boris Johnson has said.

When questioned by Conservative MP and chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Julian Knight, whether the country could afford another national lockdown, Mr Johnson replied:

"I don't want a second national lockdown - I think it would be completely wrong for this country and we are going to do everything in our power to prevent it.

"And can we afford it? I very much doubt that the financial consequences would be anything but disastrous, but we have to make sure that we defeat the disease by the means that we have set out."

Boris Johnson also admitted in the meeting with the Commons Liaison Committee that there was not enough coronavirus testing capacity.

The Prime Minister told MPs: "We don't have enough testing capacity now because, in an ideal world, I would like to test absolutely everybody that wants a test immediately."

He promised that there would be capacity for 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.

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