Coronavirus UK news update – Boris announcement at 4pm revealing latest covid deaths and cases as kids return to school

BORIS Johnson will hold a Downing St press conference this afternoon to hail the return of millions of children across England to school today.

The PM will appear in No 10 at 4pm to hail the restarting of physical lessons and to reassure parents that classrooms are safe.

He is also likely to be grilled about his thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah.

Yesterday the PM insisted the country is “ready” for the return of schools with cases, hospitalisations, and deaths having all plunged in recent weeks.

He said the tide has turned so much against the virus that now “the risk is actually in not going back to school given all the suffering, all the loss of learning we have seen”.

It comes as Covid deaths in the UK fell to 82 – the first time the number has dropped below 100 since October.

A further 5,177 Brits have been diagnosed with the infection in the past 24 hours – the lowest rate since the autumn.

The recorded deaths figures are usually lower on Sundays due to a lag in reporting over the weekend.

And this week, Brits aged between 56 and 59 have been invited to receive their coronavirus vaccine as the rollout goes from strength to strength.

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Coronavirus UK news update – Boris announcement at 4pm revealing latest covid deaths and cases as kids return to school