Boris Johnson to host Downing Street press conference later today


Boris Johnson is expected to hold a Downing Street press conference this afternoon, No 10 confirmed.
It has not been confirmed what time the PM is speaking – but they usually take place at 5pm.

It comes as the government faces serious questions over its handling of the pandemic, after the UK death toll surpassed 100,000.

This morning, the Secretary of Communities said that the government had made “the right decisions at the right time” during the coronavirus crisis.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said “we have done all we can to protect people’s lives” but admitted some things could have been done differently “in hindsight”.

Mr Johnson also addressed MPs in the House of Commons after PMQs

He told Sky News: “We made the decisions we could at the time based on the information we had.

“And we did all we could to protect people’s lives and help weather the storm, and lead the country through this very difficult time.

“There is no manual on how to respond to a pandemic like this, but we believe we made the right decisions at the right time.”

His comments came as the government figure for coronavirus deaths exceeded 100,000 – but separate data released by statistical agencies puts the toll at 115,000. It has been almost a year since the first known coronavirus death occurred in UK January 30.


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