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oris Johnson was set to chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning as questions swirled over “crass” comments he is said to have made about the need to avoid further Covid-19 restrictions.

The Prime Minister was under growing pressure amid fresh reports that he told aides he would rather let coronavirus “rip” than impose a second lockdown.

As the pandemic continues to rage around the world, the first shipment of UK aid has arrived in India, which is struggling to cope with a massive wave of infections that has led some hospitals to run out of oxygen.

Meanwhile, Greece has offered some hope to UK holidaymakers dreaming of a week in the sun, saying it is willing to accept paper vaccination cards as a condition of entry.

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Labour urges NHS rescue plan to tackle lengthening waiting lists

Labour is calling for an NHS rescue plan to prioritise patient care as it warns thousands waiting for hospital treatment are at risk of permanent disability and losing their livelihoods.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has pledged to use upcoming NHS legislation and votes in Parliament to demand Government action for those on hospital waiting lists.

Mr Ashworth said: “Leaving patients in limbo waiting for surgery risks their condition worsening, leading to permanent disability, loss of livelihood and, tragically for some, loss of life.

“Labour will be using our voice and vote in Parliament to demand action to bring waiting lists down and deliver the very best cancer and mental health care.”

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