UK Covid live: Johnson under fire over death toll as scientist says 50,000 more could die

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11.13am GMT

In interviews this morning Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has spoken about the importance of showing solidarity with those in grief. He also identified signs of hope. He told BBC Breakfast:

Where I see it is in the love that we pass on … I see it in hospitals, I see it in neighbours caring for each other – this wonderful outflowing in community support that we’ve seen over the last 10 months.

I see hope in this growing determination to build better in the future, to come back and say we don’t want to live in a country where there’s inequalities in health, where there’s inequalities and injustices – we are going to do things that work better for all of us.

“Today is about being in solidarity with the grieving”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

Listen to his special reflection on Covid here: https://t.co/LbUpdtZTTW#R4Today pic.twitter.com/7L22bXJfz1

11.07am GMT

Boris Johnson will be making the ministerial statement on Covid at about 1.15pm, not Matt Hancock, the government has announced.

The Prime Minister will now deliver the statement on Covid-19, after which the Home Secretary will make her statement as scheduled. pic.twitter.com/j2eE7ks0XV

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