Live: Matt Hancock issues Covid update amid vaccine roll-out rumours

Health Minister Matt Hancock will hold a press conference this afternoon to reveal more details about the government’s community testing program, Downing Street said.

It is rumored that the first UK vaccines could be used from Wednesday, with regulatory approval expected this week.

Mr Hancock will also address the new levels that will take effect across England from Wednesday – if approved by MPs.

The House of Commons will vote on the measures on Tuesday, with 100 Conservative MPs having doubts about the hard rules.

The government said a further 205 people had died within 28 days of the positive test for Covid-19 as of Monday, bringing the total in the UK to 58,448.

Separate figures published by the UK statistical offices for deaths with Covid-19 listed on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show that there have now been 74,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in the UK.

The government said there were an additional 12,330 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Monday.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,629,657.

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