British PM Boris Johnson does push-ups to show COVID-19 recovery

UK's Johnson eyes school-building boom after coronavirus slump

"Government will remain engaged with people and businesses to help them get through this".

Boris Johnson said that the fact that more pupils were not back at school was a source of "deep frustration" for him.

STIG ABELL: You were very honest.

It would be a "mistake" to go back to austerity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister has said.

Johnson, who in his youth was slender, has ditched takeaways since his illness and even told meetings that "it's all right for you thinnies" when discussing the novel coronavirus, British media reported. Let's not mince our words.

"The country has gone through a profound shock".

"I happen to think that the moment is not right now, in the middle of really getting things going, still dealing with the pandemic, when everybody is flat out". I mean, it wasn't actually austerity, but people called it austerity.

"I think the prime minister has been asleep at the wheel, he has been slow, the comms, the communications has been bad", Starmer told ITV.

STIG ABELL: So no cut- no public sector cuts?

"We certainly must have a care for the health of our population and we will be happier and fitter and more resistant to diseases like COVID if we can tackle obesity", Johnson said. Billion pound package going into- into schools.

"I think this is the moment for a Rooseveltian approach to the United Kingdom".

STIG ABELL: [INAUDIBLE] have to balance the books at some point.

Johnson did the photo-op during an interview in which he unveiled plans to spend on infrastructure to help Britain bounce back from economic downturn. When you look at the- the pressure on- on the NHS, compare, I'm afraid, this wonderful country of ours to other European countries.

He said he had spoken to health secretary Matt Hancock, adding: "I don't believe a local lockdown in Leicester is about to be proposed".

Helping Brits to lose weight had become "something we all need" to focus on, he said, adding that politicians could not treat obesity as "irrelevant". "It is hugely costly for the NHS". It's a serious national issue now. "Now how you talk about it how you address it how you practically make the difference, that's what we're looking at", he concluded. How you practically make the difference?

"We owe it to all those who have died, all those who have suffered to look at exactly what went wrong and when", he said.

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