Responding to this evening's update from the Prime Minister about new COVID-19 restrictions, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:
"We all want nothing more than to beat this dreadful virus and get back to normal. Sadly, today's statement from the Prime Minister confirms this is a long way off and there will be difficult times ahead.
"The Prime Minister must take responsibility for what has gone wrong, and apologise for the chaotic failure of his "world beating" test and trace system. It is inexcusable that this vital test and trace operation has been totally overwhelmed in recent weeks.
"Ministers must outline details of the practical steps they are taking to fix the test and trace system as quickly as possible. This is the only way to avoid yet more restrictions.
“With millions of people worried about their jobs, businesses and livelihoods, the Prime Minister must also urgently set out a new economic plan, including the extension of furlough and more help for the self-employed and small business.”