Boris Johnson is to 'take more direct control' of the coronavirus crisis after weeks of chaos and criticism of his handling of the Dominic Cummings row, it's claimed.

According to the Telegraph, the Prime Minister is expected to 'tighten his grip' on the situation, though this begs the question of what the country's most powerful figure has been doing until now.

The Prime Minister's chief aide flouted lockdown rules by travelling 260 miles from London to County Durham, attracting a storm of criticism from across the political divide.

Mr Johnson's failure to punish him, added to his Government's increasingly confused messaging and a decision to ease lockdown despite experts' concerns, has made the PM the target of ongoing criticism.

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Boris Johnson has reportedly made changes to the handling of the pandemic

The Telegraph reports the Tory leader will 'spearhead two committees covering strategy and operational delivery' to continue the fight against the pandemic.

A senior Tory MP told the paper: "Boris has decided that Cummings is there, but he is going to take more direct control."

But it comes as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the Government of "mismanagement" in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Sir Keir said: "I am putting the Prime Minister on notice that he has got to get a grip and restore public confidence in the Government's handling of the epidemic.

Keir Starmer has hit out at the Government's handling of the crisis in recent weeks

"If we see a sharp rise in the R rate, the infection rate, or a swathe of local lockdowns, responsibility for that falls squarely at the door of No 10.

"We all know the public have made huge sacrifices. This mismanagement of the last few weeks is the responsibility of the Government."

Further backlash has been aimed at Downing Street over the long-awaited test and trace plans - officially launched last Thursday - but which is riddled with setbacks.

The Dominic Cummings row overshadowed the Government's coronavirus plans

The low-tech test, track and trace system launched could see healthy Brits forced to self-isolate for two weeks at home if they have been in contact with a confirmed case.

But the app is still not ready and a number of issues surround the scheme including what people will do about work and child care.

No10 has also faced criticism over plans to quarantine arrivals into the UK - including giving police powers to check up on people at their homes.