The PM has prepared for Dominic Raab to stand in as Prime Minister if he gets the Coronavirus
The prime minister’s spokesman has said that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would step up if the event was to occur, this news comes as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to spread across the UK.
Tuesday’s cabinet meeting was confirmed to be going ahead, primarily by video call, with ministers calling in, to align with social distancing measures.
This news comes as the number of deaths in the UK due to the coronavirus has reached 289, with a total of 5,837 cases of COVID-19.
No. 10 also confirmed that the UK’s top civil servant in the EU trade negotiations, David Frost, is self-isolating after showing potential symptoms of the COVID-19 disease.
But Downing Street said the plan is still for talks to conclude by the end of the year, despite Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier also being in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus.
Mr Johnson’s spokesman signalled that self-employed people would get more help, after being left out of the original round of financial measures to support businesses.
They went on to say:
“We appreciate the difficult they are in and officials are working round the clock,” he told journalists at a briefing on Monday