Boris Johnson to make urgent Covid statement today

Boris Johnson will give a statement to parliament today on Covid-19 – after Britain became the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 deaths.

The statement replaces a statement that Health Secretary Matt Hancock reportedly made around 1:15 p.m.

The statement in the House of Commons will come after Boris Johnson faces MPs on Prime Minister’s questions at lunchtime.

And it will come after a statement by Interior Minister Priti Patel announcing new travel rules.

Mr Johnson has faced anti-aircraft guns from his critics because of his optimism about a deadly pandemic and because he was too slow to impose restrictions.

In July he spoke of a return to “normalcy” before Christmas and described lockdowns as “nuclear deterrence”, which he did not consider necessary.

He has filed two bans since then, with England currently subject to restrictions that will not officially expire until late March.

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