UK coronavirus live: Priti Patel faces questions over Home Office response to Covid-19 crisis

No 10 unable to say Johnson will take PMQs, fuelling speculation he’s not yet well enough



Agenda for the day

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, joining the blog for the day.

It’s a relatively busy news day. Here are the main items coming up.

9.30am: Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, is giving evidence to the Commons education committee.

10.30am: Priti Patel, the home secretary, is giving evidence to the home affairs committee.

12pm: PMQs. As explained earlier (see 7.43am), No 10 has still not said whether or not Boris Johnson will be taking PMQs himself.

12.30pm: A Foreign Office minister is due to make a Commons statement on the repatriation of Britons.

2.30pm: Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, gives evidence to the public administration and constitutional affairs committee.

2.30pm: Stephen Barclay, the chief secretary to the Treasury, gives evidence to the Commons Treasury committee.

5pm: The government is expected to hold its daily press conference. This also may be the point where it gives out, for the first time, a daily coronavirus death figure including care home deaths and other non-hospital deaths. Until now the headline daily death figure announced has just covered hospital deaths.

All the committee hearings are explicitly related to coronavirus except the Gove one, although in practice that is likely to be dominated by coronavirus too.




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