October 21, 2020

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Hours after the UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s speech at the Conservative party conference, twelve of his MPs voted against approving the “rule of six” regulation, which limits social gatherings.

Rebels included the chair and vice-chair of the backbench 1922 committee Graham Brady and Charles Walker, select committee chair Huw Merriman and the former cabinet minister Esther McVey.

Johnson is likely to face more opposition when MPs are due to approve the 10pm curfew, which both Tory MPs and the Labour frontbench have called on the government to publish further evidence for its effectiveness.

Tory former minister Steve Baker said people were being “destroyed by this lockdown, strong, confident people, outgoing people, gregarious people… reduced to repeated episodes of tears on the phone”.




Boris Johnson arriving in Downing Street earlier after delivering his leader’s speech at a Conservative Party conference, which was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boris Johnson arriving in Downing Street earlier after delivering his leader’s speech at a Conservative Party conference, which was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Barcroft Media/Getty Images

Israel’s prime minister has announced the country will be installing rapid 15-minute coronavirus test kits in nursing homes across the country.

Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video on Twitter of himself being administered the Sofia test, developed by US firm, Quidel Corp.

Benjamin Netanyahu
(@netanyahu)

נבדקתי היום בפעם הראשונה בבדיקה המהירה לקורונה (תוצאה תוך 15 דקות). שמח לבשר שיצאתי שלילי.

מוקדם יותר היום סיירתי עם סגן שר הבריאות יואב קיש בבית האבות ״נווה הורים״ בירושלים שהטמיע בפעילותו היום לראשונה את מערכת הבדיקות המהירות. pic.twitter.com/5ZxNYixfL3

October 6, 2020

“I was tested today for the first time by the rapid test for coronavirus (result within 15 minutes). Glad to announce that I came out negative,” he said, adding it could be used in airports, hotels and hospitals.

Netanyahu did not disclose the cost of the test.

With the country currently under a second lockdown following a surge in infections, the 70-year-old leader has faced criticism of his handling of the pandemic and is looking to reassure the public about the months ahead.