Turnbull continued: “Yes, my question is, why didn’t people in these areas get told? Why did it just get put on the website?”
Susanna Reid added: “You’ve effectively announced eight local lockdowns.
“We mentioned earlier you have a very expensive, very effective – you’d hope – new briefing room where you could’ve held one of the briefings to announce that in Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Burley, Kirklees, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside, you cannot travel in and out unless it is essential. Why not announce it?”
“These are sensible precautions, I would think all the activity that has happened the local communicates the extra communications which have been going on, on the ground about increasing the amount of testing, making it as straightforward as possible for people to get vaccinations, really putting effort in there, shows the government is particularly concerned about the spread of the virus in those communities,” the politician explained.