We're pausing the live page - thank you for joining us today. Here's a round-up of today's main developments:
- Boris Johnson has backed his key adviser Dominic Cummings, amid a row over the aide’s travel during lockdown
- In a tense press conference Johnson said Dominic Cummings acted "responsibly and legally" in travelling to Durham during lockdown but several Conservative MPs have called for the adviser to be removed from his post
- Since the press conference, Labour leader Keir Starmer said it was "an insult to the sacrifices made by the British people" that Johnson had not taken action against Cummings and further Tory MPs have criticised the PM's stance
- Away from the Cummings row, Johnson said parents and teachers should prepare for the phased reopening of schools in England to start on 1 June as planned
- Elsewhere, China's foreign minister says politicians in the US are "jumping at every opportunity to slander" his country
- Russia reported 153 more deaths over the previous 24 hours, the highest daily death toll there
A number of us worked on this page to bring you the latest today including: Flora Drury, Robert Greenall, Deirdre Finnerty, David Walker, George Wright, Steve Sutcliffe, Jonathan Jurejko, Matthew Henry, Alex Therrien, Ella Wills, Doug Faulkner, Matt Cannon, Kate Whannel and George Bowden.