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  1. Thanks for joining us

    We're bringing our live coverage to a close now. We'll be back on Wednesday morning with more developments.

    The page was written by Ella Wills, Katie Wright, David Walker, Alex Kleiderman, Joseph Lee, Penny Spiller and Richard Morris, and edited by Marie Jackson.

  2. What's been happening around the UK today

    Outdoor drinkers at pub
    Image caption: Pubs in Wales and Scotland will start serving customers alcohol outdoors again in the coming days, it was confirmed on Tuesday

    We're going to bring our live coverage of the Covid pandemic to an end shortly.

    But first, here's are some of the main UK stories we've been covering today:

  3. Latest world headlines

    Here is a round-up of some of the main coronavirus stories we have been covering around the world:

    • The European Medicines Agency has called for a warning about very rare blood clots to be added to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but says the benefits of taking it outweigh the risk
    • Hospitals in Delhi are running out of oxygen and intensive care beds as India battles a severe second wave of the pandemic
    • In a bid to contain the surge, the Indian government has pledged to begin vaccinating every adult over the age of 18 from 1 May, but concerns remain over whether there is enough supply
    • Meanwhile, the leader of India’s opposition Congress Party Rahul Gandhi says he has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing “mild symptoms”
    • The US says it is updating its travel advisories and will be urging Americans to avoid travelling to some 80% of the world’s countries
  4. Man fined £10,000 after 90-person party

    Pilcher Gate in Nottingham city centre
    Image caption: The 22-year-old organiser is believed to have booked a venue on Pilcher Gate in Nottingham city centre

    A 22-year-old man has been fined £10,000 for organising a 90-person illegal party in Nottinghamshire, England.

    Partygoers were found hiding in a laundry room, bathrooms and lifts when police broke up the event in the early hours of 10 April.

    The organiser is believed to have booked a venue on Pilcher Gate, in Nottingham city centre, using an online booking agency, Nottinghamshire Police said.

    The force added that "astonished" officers also saw people running into the basement, with some trying to leave through a fire escape.

    The organiser's fine will be reduced to half if paid within two weeks, and if it is not paid, he will face a court appearance, the force said.

  5. Watch: The man burying 'generations' of Covid victims

    A man who has helped bury dozens of Muslims who died with Covid-19 in one of England's worst-affected towns has spoken about the daily pressures of his role.

    Imran Patel, who is a volunteer at Blackburn Muslim Burial Society, has helped with 340 interments in the last 12 months, of which 200 were for people who had died with coronavirus.

    Video content

    Video caption: Burial volunteer Imran Patel said it has been a "difficult time for the Muslim community"
  6. Reality Check

    Can India vaccine producers meet demand?

    Vaccine given to a man in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir, on 20 April 2021
    Image caption: There are currently not enough vaccines for India's vast population

    As we reported earlier, India has pledged to offer alladults over the age of 18 a coronavirus vaccine from 1 May in a bid to stem a severe second wave of the virus.

    However, domestic vaccine makers are struggling to meet demand both at home and globally.

    The government has offered financial assistance to two vaccine makers - the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech - and halted large exports of vaccines in a bid to help boost local production.

    But will it be enough? Read more about the situation here.

  7. Delhi hospitals running out of oxygen and ICU beds

    Yogita Limaye

    BBC India correspondent

    Relatives of a Covid-19 victim mourn outside a hospital morgue in New Delhi, India, 20 April 2021
    Image caption: Many families are losing loved ones to the coronavirus

    More than 99% of all intensive care beds are full in India’s capital Delhi as the country battles its second wave of Covid-19.

    Just seven beds with ventilator facilities are available.

    There is also a severe oxygen crisis in the city as well with just a few hours of supplies left in some hospitals, according to the government.

    Delhi is known to have among the best healthcare facilities in India, but it has been brought to its knees by the pandemic.

    People are going from hospital to hospital, desperately searching for any help for their loved ones. Many have died because they couldn’t get the treatment they need. Their families are having to wait for hours to perform funeral rituals as crematoriums and graveyards are running out of manpower and space.

    In smaller towns the situation is even worse. A sharp surge in cases and deaths is being reported from many parts of India. Some areas are now in lockdown.

  8. Reality Check

    Who decided to put India on the travel ban list?

    Heathrow arrivals hall

    Boris Johnson was asked about decisions about which countries should go on the “red list” of countries subject to the strictest UK travel rules.

    He said the list was kept under constant review “and this work is done actually not by the government itself, it is done by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, the JBC, they look at the issue and will make their determination based on what they think we need to do”.

    Asked about yesterday’s decision to put India on the red list he said that decision “was taken by the JBC”.

    The government has previously been clear that decisions on travel restrictions are made by ministers based on advice from the JBC and other groups.

    Indeed, when Reality Check asked yesterday about why it had taken so long to put India on the red list, the Department of Health said decisions were taken by ministers informed by evidence from the JBC and others.

    You can read more about the decision on India here.

  9. What we learned from the briefing

    Boris Johnson at Downing Street briefing
    • The UK is launching a search for new antiviral medicines to treat Covid, which might mean a tablet or capsule taken at home, available as soon as the autumn
    • There has been nothing to suggest the UK needs to “deviate” from the roadmap out of lockdown, Boris Johnson said
    • But the majority of scientific experts believe the UK will face another wave of Covid and we must learn to live with the virus, the PM said
    • One in five adults has now received both doses of the vaccine.
    • Uptake by ethnic minorities has tripled, compared with the national average
    • The red list of severe travel restrictions is “under constant review”, Boris Johnson said
    • So-called Covid passports will not be required for any of the relaxed restrictions expected on 17 May, the prime minister said, but they may help to safely open up some other areas of society
  10. Analysis: Unsurprising Johnson was asked about European Super League

    Greg Dawson

    BBC political correspondent

    Given the scale of reaction so far, it’s hardly surprising that the PM was asked about football and his hopes to stop the establishment of a European Super League.

    Boris Johnson’s description of the ESL as a “kind of cartel” was far from diplomatic, and reinforces his opposition to the plans involving six Premier League clubs.

    By taking such a strong stance, the PM will be aware that the ESL going ahead in its current form could end up being regarded as a political failure.

  11. Antivirals scheme an aspiration not a guarantee

    Nick Triggle

    Health Correspondent

    Scientist holding Dexamethasone
    Image caption: Scientists hope to find more treatments to be used against Covid, following on from the discovery Dexamethasone helped patients

    The decision to set up an antiviral taskforce reflects the desire to make progress in finding treatments people can take at home if they have tested positive or been exposed to someone who has.

    Through the Recovery trial run in hospitals, the UK has been at the forefront of developing treatments for people who are already severely ill.

    But this focus is aimed at identifying medicines that could help prevent people getting ill.

    There are thought to be a number of treatments that are being looked at that work by stopping the virus replicating and making someone very ill.

    As Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged, there will be a future wave of infection even though the scale of it will be limited by the rollout of the vaccines.

    When it comes, the hope is the antivirals will offer another tool with which to fight it.

    It is all part, the PM says, of learning to live with the virus.

    But at the moment this is just an aspiration rather than a guarantee of something.

  12. 'Gaping holes at the border' even with travel red list - Labour

    Responding to the government briefing, Labour's shadow health minister Alex Norris says the prime minister had been "missing the point" in his response to questions about the red list.

    He tells the BBC that the list of countries where people need to quarantine in hotels is "far too narrowly drawn".

    Only 1% of the 20,000 people arriving daily have to do hotel quarantine, Norris says.

    "The prime minister has said the majority of scientists believe there will be another wave of Covid," he says. "We still have gaping holes at the border and our defences, as a result, are weakened."

    He says Labour wants to see a presumption that all travellers will quarantine in hotels unless there is a good reason not to - such as for hauliers or countries will extremely low levels of the virus.

  13. Will there still be a third runway at Heathrow?

    The Huffington Post's Paul Waugh says the UK has set out a new legally binding target to cut carbon emissions, and he asks if this means there won't be a third runway at Heathrow.

    On Greensill lobbying, he asks if rules politicians are supposed to follow "have any teeth or relevance anymore". He asks if he agrees with the Independent Office for Police Conduct that reviewed Boris Johnson's links with Jennifer Arcuri, and concluded that Johnson should have declared being in a relationship with Arcuri. He asks if the PM thinks he acted with "honesty and integrity" during the affair.

    On carbon emissions, Johnson says it's a matter for Heathrow to deal with, "it's a private matter and they've got to finance it... my own views about that particular matter are well known". He says the UK can pioneer low carbon aviation. He says he wants to get to a "jet zero world" and the government is working with those in the industry to try and tackle the problem.

    Humanity will need to fly, and it will need to fly in a "clean, green way" he adds.

    On the second question, he says "yes".

    With that, he closes the press conference.

  14. PM 'confident' in vaccine supply despite Johnson and Johnson issues

    The Guardian's Jessica Elgot asks if the verdict of the European Medicines' Agency that there is a "possible link" between the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and rare blood clots might delay the UK vaccine programme - particularly for younger people?

    But the prime minister says: "We’re confident in the security of our supply and we will be able to get done what we’ve said we will do by the end of July."

    Kanani says this vaccine is not in use in the UK at the moment and hasn't yet been approved.

    Johnson is also asked for his view on fan ownership of football clubs, as in Germany, given the Super League news.

    He says it's a matter for sports minister Tracey Crouch, who is conducting a review of football governance. He says "she’s very interested in those models".

  15. Can people book summer holidays abroad?

    Harry Cole from the Sun asks what the odds are of people being able to take part in summer holidays abroad. He also asks what the government plans to do if the European Super League goes ahead.

    Boris Johnson says he cannot yet give information on which countries will be allowed and which won't be. He says he cannot speculate on what will be announced for holidays on 17 May.

    He says he "doesn't want to say very much more" about what the government could do against football clubs. He says that one of his MPs is doing a "full fan-based review" of the sport.

    He says his priorities are to back the Football Association and the Premier League.

  16. Will the UK be adopting Covid passports?

    Andy Bell from Channel 5 asks if Covid passports will be part of learning to live with the virus, with Michael Gove visiting Israel today to learn about the system in use there.

    Boris Johnson says a "Covid status certification" is being considered for the UK to help "open up those things that proved very tough to open last year".

    But he says they won't just record vaccine status, but will also show whether people have been recently tested or have natural immunity after being infected.

    "People certainly don’t need to think about it before 17 May," he says, however.

    He is also asked to say a few words to the billionaire football club owners considering a European Super League and says our football clubs are "one of the great glories of our country's heritage".

    He says he doesn't think it is right they should be turned into "international brands and commodities" without any reference to the fans.

  17. European Super League plans not in fans' interests

    It's been the biggest story of the last few days, so it is not surprising that the the PM is also being asked about the plans for six English football clubs to be part of a European Super League.

    Boris Johnson reiterates the government opposes the move and says ministers' first step has been to back the football authorities in England - the FA and Premier League - in rejecting the plans.

    He says the ESL is "not in the interests of fans, not in the interests of football".

    "How it can be right to have a situation in which you create a kind of cartel," the PM said, adding it is "offends against the basic principles of competition".

    If necessary, he adds, the UK will seek a "legislative solution" but he hopes the football authorities can find a way forward themselves.

  18. Antiviral treatments 'more shots in the locker'

    Downign Street briefing on 20/4/21

    The prime minister has denied that the UK's new antivirals taskforce that is aiming to help identify new medicines for the treatment of Covid is a "hugely ambitious" project.

    Responding to a question from ITV's Emily Morgan, Boris Johnson described it as a further "shots in our locker" following British scientists' discovery that existing drugs such as dexamethasone could be effective against Covid.

    Nikita Kanani, medical director of primary care for NHS England, told the Downing Street briefing the project was an important way of helping to manage a rise in new infections and variants.

    She said the NHS has been working with international partners and a number of treatments were already being tested.

  19. New taskforce a reminder of concerns over variants

    Greg Dawson

    BBC political correspondent

    With the establishment of an anti-virals taskforce the government will be hoping to repeat the success of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, which is widely credited for the scale and success of the vaccination rollout so far.

    However, the very fact such a taskforce is being created serves as a reminder that concerns remain over the potential for new vaccine-resistant variants and the need to find other ways to protect people so that society can continue its path back to normality.

  20. Why has it taken so long to get India on the travel red list?

    Boris Johnson

    The BBC's Vicki Young asks why it's taken so long to put India on the travel red list following the Indian variant that has emerged in the country. She also asks if Boris Johnson is prepared to make the "difficult and unpopular" decisions to meet new carbon targets unveiled by government.

    Johnson says the Indian variant is still "under investigation". He says banning travel to the country is on a "purely precautionary basis" but there were already measures for people coming from India which were "very tough indeed".

    There are slightly over 100 Indian variant cases in the UK, he says, and those people are having their contacts traced. There's also surge testing taking place in their local areas.

    On climate change, he says that since 1990 the UK has cut emissions by "something like 42, 44%, and yet the economy has grown by 73%," he states he doesn't see "any contradiction" between green investment and jobs.

    He says he wants to see more "high wage, high skill jobs".