UK coronavirus live: government’s PPE procurement claims unravel

Latest on UK coronavirus crisis as part of a PPE consignment arrives and Keir Starmer quizzes Dominic Raab at PMQs

Labour’s Chris Bryant was one of the MPs who quizzed Sir Simon McDonald on why the UK opted out of the EU’s procurement scheme. Bryant says he does not believe McDonald’s retraction of his claim that the decision was political.

I don’t believe a word of this. And I’m told COBRA discussed the delicate question of whether to take part with Hancock in the chair. https://t.co/nYuvWq5oa8

Whately told BBC Breakfast that 61 NHS staff were known to have died after becoming infected with the coronavirus.

She said:

We know that 61 NHS workers have died and for care workers I have a figure of 15, but we are working to get more comprehensive data on that because it is important for us to know the number of people in health and care who are dying of this.

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