Live as Matt Hancock gives Covid update from Downing Street

Health Secretary Matt Hancock leads a coronavirus update briefing live from Downing Street.

The public announcement comes as Covid 19 cases continue to rise across the country following the return of children to school and the easing of lockdown rules in England. Two weeks ago shops opened and pubs started operating again.

Further lockdown-easing measures for England are planned for May – including arrangements for foreign travel.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said today that the NHS England app is being upgraded to a vaccination record – evidence that someone has received two doses of a coronavirus sting.

Britain has been warned to prepare for another wave of Covid, which SAGE experts say could cause tens of thousands more deaths despite the vaccination project.


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