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Johnson admits Government could have handled outbreak ‘differently’ as deaths hit 45,677

BORIS Johnson has admitted the Government could have handled the coronavirus outbreak “differently”, and said there were gaps in the understanding about the deadly virus during the early stages.

But the Prime Minister denied his cabinet had been too slow going into lockdown, arguing he “stuck like glue” to the advice of experts.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Johnson said: “Maybe there were things we could have done differently, and of course there will be time to understand what exactly we could have done, or done differently.”

It comes as new rules making it mandatory for Brits to wear face masks in shops have come into force this week.

Masks must now be worn in shops and takeaways in a bid to slow down the spread of coronavirus – or customers can be hit by a £100 fine.

However, the police said today the new face mask laws can’t be enforced with John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, saying they “do not have the resources” to do so.

Many shops and cafes across England have already said they won’t enforce the new rules, adding it is not their responsibility to “police” customers.

It comes as the latest coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 45,677.

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