Govt Covid-19 news update – Boris Johnson – from Downing Street 17:00 Live
Led by BORIS JOHNSON
Boris Johnson defends his advisor DominicCummings after he broke Lockdown rules to drive to Durham
Boris: Dominic Cummings acted on the instinct of every father and parent. He acted responsibly, legally and with integrity.
PM: A further 118 people with Covid-19 have died bringing total to 36,793
Wants children back in the classroom, Year 1 and year 6 and will go ahead with the plan from June 1. Acknowledges that not all schools can open on this date. We are beating this thing. Want to collaborate across countries and communities – an international effort.
Prominent member of the 1922 Committee Steve Baker warned that Boris Johnson’s adviser was “burning through Boris’s political capital at a rate that we just can ill afford in the midst of this crisis”. Mr Cummings is under renewed fire after reports surfaced that the 48-year-old made a second trip to County Durham, despite social restrictions.
Downing Street previously confirmed that the chief adviser had travelled 260 miles to the North East in March to self-isolate with his family.
Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Officer for NHS England: Large increase in testing and seeing less virus and lower rates of infection. Fall in admissions and those in need of a mechanical ventilator. Continued fall in hospital beds occupied with patients with Covid-19. Deaths = weekends have reporting lag but steady decline
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