Corbyn says Johnson seems to be indicating that the DWP will take no more staff.
He says it will be some time before the Commons meets again. How will the PM submit himself to scrutiny during the recess?
Johnson says he has tried to be as open and transparent as possible. He says he will liaise with the Speaker about ensuring that MPs are kept informed during the recess.
Corbyn says this is vital. MPs represent people who are very worried. Anyone in a flat with a large number of children told to self-isolate will be under huge stress. He says at a time of crisis no one is an island. Even the wealthiest depend on their cleaners. We should live in a society that cares for others and cares for all.
Johnson says he agrees with Corbyn’s final point. People are having to make a sacrifice. But they are doing so gladly. That sacrifice is necessary. He says the more people follow the advice, the quicker the UK will recover.
Corbyn says the self-employed are in a very difficult situation. The loss of a few days’ pay can be catastrophic. He says last night more than 110,000 people were queueing to get access to the DWP to claim for universal credit. (You need to call the DWP, and when you ring it tells you where you are in the queue.)
Johnson says he does not want the entire UK economy to be closed down.
Corbyn says the PM did not answer the question. He says the DWP needs more staff. He says the value of statutory sick pay must be increased, and benefits must be made more generous.
Johnson says this is a time for a serious response from the government. That is what we have seen, he says. He says the value of universal credit has been increased by £1,000.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle announces we are now in the second half of PMQs. He calls Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn says that Boris Johnson should have made his announcement on Monday to MPs.
He quotes a construction worker who said he had to go to work even though he had coronavirus symptoms. He had to do that because he was self-employed and had no other income. Will the government halt work on construction sites now?
Johnson says if construction work carries on, that should be carried out within the Public Heath England guidance.
Corbyn says that if they have no other source of income, people do not have that option.
He says sick pay is worth just £94 a week. Why has it taken the PM so long to guarantee income for self-employed workers?
Johnson says people should stay at home if they can. On the self-employed, he says a package will be ready “shortly”.
Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary and Boris Johnson’s main rival for the Tory leadership, says he wants to “salute the tone” of Johnson’s announcement on Monday. He asks when routine testing for NHS staff will start.
Alistair Carmichael, the Lib Dem, says people working in tourism in his Orkney and Shetland constituency are overwhelmingly self-employed. Can the PM assure them that they will not be worse off when the packaged to help the self-employed is announced.
Johnson says he understands the point, but that he cannot promise that no one will be worse off than now because of the crisis.
At PMQs Labour’s Peter Kyle asks about a care home that had to wait 10 days for the results of a test. When will same-day results be available, and when will care home staff get personal protection equipment (PPE)?
On testing, Johnson says as soon as possible. And on PPE, he says by the end of this week.