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Inside Politics: Boris Johnson considers new national coronavirus restrictions

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No 10 is now discussing whether to impose a short period of nationwide measures as a ‘circuit break’ on the spreading disease, writes Adam Forrest

Boris Johnson outside No 10
Boris Johnson outside No 10(EPA)
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arack Obama is back. Unfortunately, he’s only back to release another book – a 786-page account of his presidency called In a Promised Land. But it’s a special book with special powers. The former president says it will show us how we “can heal our divisions and make democracy work”. Wow. If only. Back in Brexit land, divisions remain unhealed and democracy isn’t working very well. In fact, nothing is working very well. With Covid infections rising and 750,000 people missing out tests each day, the government is now thinking about new, national “circuit break” restrictions in a bid to stop the virus running out of control.

Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn on what to look out for today:

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