Coronavirus in UK live blog: Sir Keir Starmer faces Boris Johnson at Prime Minister's Questions

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Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 8:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 12:13 pm

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Coronavirus live blog, May 6

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Sir Keir Starmer is speaking now, he welcomes the PM back and congratulates him on the birth of his son. 

Sir Keir asks how the UK's position as the highest death toll in Europe can be defined as an “apparent success”. 

He says “how on earth did it come to this?"

The Prime Minister says “every death is a tragedy and he's right to" draw attention to the appalling statistics. 

PM says at this stage international comparisons can't draw all the conclusions that we want. 

PM says government was overwhelmingly guided by the goal to save lives. 

Devon East MP Simon Jupp asks how the government will support the UK tourism industry. 

Mr Johnson says that once the virus has been suppressed the government will make sure that the sufficient support is provided to the UK tourism industry.

The Prime Minister is speaking now. 

He starts by paying tribute to NHS and care workers who have passed away with coronavirus. 

Matt Hancock on Professor Neil Ferguson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to face Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions for the first time since he was hospitalised with coronavirus. 

We will be providing live updates of the pair's first exchange at 12pm

Health Secretary: 'Britain testing now a world leader'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Britain was now a world leader when it came to coronavirus testing.

"We invented the test in January. In February we got the number of tests up to 2,000 (a day). In March we multiplied that by five times to 10,000. Then we set the 100,000 target," he told Sky News.

"The Germans started with this enormous diagnostics industry. But if you look at other countries around the world we are miles ahead on testing and we are now one of the world leaders.

"It is true that Germany has a very high capacity - about the same as ours. So we have basically caught up with Germany that started with this massive capability. We are miles ahead of South Korea now. Absolutely."

Lifting of lockdown restrictions needs to be 'cautious' and 'careful'

Asked what Boris Johnson might say when he addresses how the lockdown could be changed, security minister James Brokenshire said there is likely to be a "careful", "cautious and thoughtful" approach.

He told BBC Breakfast: "It does need to be done with that great care and thought, because the last thing that we need is another second surge, for the NHS to be overwhelmed and all of the issues that that would bring."

Professor Neil Ferguson 'has taken the right course of action'

Security minister James Brokenshire said Professor Neil Ferguson had done the right thing in resigning.

Ferguson -  the epidemiologist whose modelling helped shape Britain’s coronavirus strategy - stepped down after claims he had a relationship that broke lockdown rules.

Mr Brokenshire told BBC Breakfast: "Professor Ferguson has obviously set out that he should have abided by the rules, that it was a lapse, an error of judgment and those rules on social distancing are very firmly still required.

"He has taken the right course of action in that context. The work of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group continues.

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