Boris Johnson to make Covid statement to MPs this lunchtime after UK passes 100,000 deaths

BORIS Johnson will make a Covid statement to MPs today – after the UK passes 100,000 deaths yesterday.

The PM will speak to the House of Commons rather than Matt Hancock, who was due to give an update on the latest coronavirus situation.

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The PM will first take part in PMQs at 12pm, followed by urgent questions at 12.30pm.

The statement will start at around 1.15pm.

He's likely to give an update on the latest Covid stats – after the UK past the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths last night.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick insisted the Government took coronavirus "extremely seriously" throughout – as he defended the response to the pandemic this morning.

He told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "The Prime Minister that I have watched throughout this crisis has approached this with huge seriousness.

"He is someone who himself came close to death as a result of the virus and that had a huge and lasting impact on him and his family, as you would expect."

But GMB presenter Piers Morgan got into a heated debate, and told Mr Jenrick "some of your colleagues… they're useless" and "completely out of their depth".

The Cabinet minister replied: "We are all working under immense strain, but that is no excuse, we all have to make sure that we are making the best possible decisions that we can with the information that is available to us."


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