Wednesday, February 21

True virus death toll 56,100 in UK



Boris Johnson’s Cabinet met in person on Tuesday for the first time in four months as the Government continues efforts to secure millions of doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine.

Senior ministers attended the first in-person meeting since March 17 in Parliament’s larger Foreign and Commonwealth Office to allow for proper social distancing.

Figures published on Tuesday by the ONS show that 56,100 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK. It comes as the Government figures on the UK death toll were “paused” after Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an “urgent review” into the data.

Meanwhile, Mr Hancock will be quizzed on the vaccines and the latest NHS Test and Trace results when he appears before the Commons Science and Technology Committee.