Boris Johnson has been praised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the “strong and precise” coronavirus lockdown measures imposed in northern England.
WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the UK government’s restrictions in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and west Yorkshire are helping wider society reopen safely.
His words were far more positive than some of those Johnson has received at home, where the lockdown announcement was denounced in some quarters as an “absolute shambles”.
Dr Tedros said at a WHO press conference on Monday: “Many countries globally are now using all the tools at their disposal to tackle any new spikes.
“Over the last few days, UK prime minister Boris Johnson put areas of northern England under stay at home notifications [this is incorrect – the restrictions actually ban people from meeting at other people’s homes] as clusters of cases were identified.
“In France, president Macron introduced compulsory masking in busy outdoor spaces of Paris in response to an increase in cases.