Priti Patel says sorry after bullying report; Hancock asks regulator to assess Covid vaccine approval – live




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Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, is the latest senior figure to reveal he is in self-isolation.

Joining the Friday afternoon press briefing via a video link, he said: “I am sorry I can’t be with you personally, I am actually self-isolating at the moment, due to a household contact.”

He has signed off each answer with “over”, perhaps setting a new standard for virtual communications during the pandemic.

NHS England’s medical director, Stephen Powis, also joined the press briefing remotely because he is self-isolating.

Other senior figures confined to their home include Boris Johnson, who is currently isolating after one of the MPs who joined a meeting at Downing Street this week tested positive for coronavirus, and Dido Harding, the head of the test-and-trace service, who is self-isolating after the NHS app revealed she had been in contact with a positive case.

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