UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock warns deaths have doubled in 12 days; 18,804 new cases recorded

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Health secretary address parliament on response to pandemic; two-week ‘firebreak’ in Wales aimed at avoiding open-ended lockdown

In the Commons Jeremy Hunt, the chair of the health committee, suggests that local leaders should be given responsibility for bringing down the R number locally. But, if they don’t, central government should “take back control”, he says.

Hancock says the government is working with local councils.

Hancock ended his statement by confirming what Boris Johnson said at his press conference on Friday about how rapid-result Covid tests were being distributed and piloted around the country in coming weeks, particularly in tier 3 areas.

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