UK Covid live: easing lockdown will ‘inevitably’ mean more deaths, says PM

Latest news: Boris Johnson says ‘people have just got to understand’ the consequences of loosening restrictions

12.19pm BST

University campuses in England will not reopen until mid-May, ministers are expected to confirm, depriving up to a million students of more face-to-face tuition after a year of disruption due to the pandemic.

The further delay will come as a major blow for students who say they have already missed out on their education, as well as much of the university experience that goes with it, while continuing to pay tuition and accommodation costs.

Related: University campuses in England ‘will not reopen until mid-May’

12.14pm BST

Nicola Sturgeon has begun her Covid update conference. We will bring you the key lines.

Watch live: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gives an update on #coronavirus (#COVIDー19) restrictions.

Joining the First Minister is Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith.

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