Boris Johnson unveiling plan to reopen schools in England


Prime Minister Boris Johnson is giving an unexpected statement on coronavirus to MPs in the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson earlier said he would be revealing the ‘next step’ for schools in England.

Schools were originally due to reopen after the half term in February.

But there are reports schools could be closed until Easter – or even beyond.

The statement on Wednesday afternoon comes after the UK recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19.

The statement replaces one scheduled by Health Secretary Matt Hancock at around 12.40p and will start at around 1.20pm.

Yesterday in a TV address from Downing Street the Prime Minister told the public: “We did everything we could.”

Almost a year on from the first known Covid-19 death on January 30 2020, the Prime Minister stood in Downing Street and said he was “deeply sorry” to announce the latest grim milestone as official figures showed 100,162 deaths – although the true total is higher still, and rising.

“I take full responsibility for everything that the Government has done,” he said, but insisted: “We truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering.”

His statement comes after facing MPs for questions at lunchtime, and ahead of new travel rules being unveiled by the Home Secretary.

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