Live as Boris Johnson faces MPs over huge Covid death toll

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is answering questions in the House of Commons on the day after the UK death toll from coronavirus exceeded 100,000 people.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday Mr Johnson said he is “deeply sorry” for every life lost to coronavirus as he insisted the Government did “everything we could” to minimise deaths and suffering.

The Prime Minister offered his “deepest condolences” to those whose relatives have died of Covid-19, and pledged to ensure their loved ones are remembered.

His comments came as the Government’s figure for coronavirus deaths passed 100,000 – though separate data published by statistics agencies places the toll at 115,000.

Mr Johnson said: “I think on this day I should just really repeat that I am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost and of course as I was Prime Minister I take full responsibility for everything that the Government has done.

“What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering in what has been a very, very difficult stage…

“And a very, very difficult crisis for our country, and we will continue to do that, just as every government that is affected by this crisis around the world is continuing to do the same.”

Mr Johnson will also make a statement in Parliament later on Wednesday.



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