UK coronavirus live: minister confirms government policy was to protect NHS ahead of care homes

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Justice secretary Robert Buckland says ‘we did decide to focus upon the NHS’ due to limited testing capacity in March and April

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, joining the blog for the day.

Priti Patel, the home secretary, is about to give an interview to LBC’s Nick Ferrari. Despite being one of the most senior ministers in cabinet, she is rarely put up for interviews by No 10.

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He’s the hero of the hour, “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus,” in the words of the prime minister: Captain Tom Moore is to be knighted.

The 100-year-old veteran, who raised an incredible £32m for the NHS by walking laps of his back garden, will officially be titled Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.

“I hope she’s not very heavy handed with the sword.”@captaintommoore – soon to be #SirCaptainTom – tells #BBCBreakfast he’s looking forward to the investiture.
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