UK coronavirus live: push to reopen primary schools in England falls flat

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7.58am BST

In his first interview since the resignation of Douglas Ross over Dominic Cummings last week, Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw has said that the prime minister’s adviser had left people “perplexed and angry”, that his explanation for his trip to Durham during lockdown was “wholly unconvincing” and that “I do believe that he should have gone”.

After Scotland office minister Ross resigned, Carlaw’s initial statement was considered to be fairly non-comital about Cummings’ behaviour, though he firmed up his position later in the day. Carlaw was pressed on whether he had made his views clear to Boris Johnson, and whether he had as much influence on Downing Street as his predecessor Ruth Davidson, he said that “who is employed by the prime minister is a matter for the prime minister”.

7.47am BST

Tens of thousands of Britons have had to be retested for coronavirus following a controversial decision to swabs to a US laboratory.

Almost 30,000 Britons will have to be retested for coronavirus costing taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, The Telegraph reports.

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