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UK's Johnson says he is optimistic over medium term, despite looming lockdown

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said he was optimistic about the country’s longer term prospects despite the coronavirus pandemic presenting grave short-term problems.

“While I am more optimistic now ... about the medium- and long-term future than I have been for many months, there can be no doubt that the situation before us today is grave, and the need for action acute,” Johnson said in a debate about whether to introduce a month-long national lockdown. (Reporting by William James, Editing by Paul Sandle)

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