Live: Matt Hancock makes statement on Covid battle and lockdowns

Live: Matt Hancock makes statement on Covid battle and lockdowns

England Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be making a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon.

He is expected to cover the latest news on the lockdown tiers as well as the decision made by Wales to introduce a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown from Friday.

Mr Drakeford told a Welsh Government press conference in Cardiff that the measure was necessary to reduce the spread of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, an announcement over Manchester moving to Tier 3 is expected to be made within the next 36 hours.

A further 76 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 31,047, NHS England said today.

Patients were aged between 47 and 99. All but one patient, aged 85, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 9 and 18. Two other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Mr Hancock is expected to start his statement at 4.30pm.

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