PM accepts Hancock’s apology for breaking social distancing and ‘considers matter closed’

Labour has accused Boris Johnson of being “spineless” after Downing Street said the prime minister accepts Matt Hancock’s apology for breaking social distancing rules and “considers the matter closed”.

‘This is not a lockdown’: Greater Manchester and Lancashire residents asked to minimise travel

Greater Manchester and Lancashire are to receive a “strengthened package of support” to tackle a rise in the Delta coronavirus variant, Matt Hancock has announced – with residents told to minimise travel.

COVID link to serious illness ‘severed’, but India variant makes June 21 easing difficult – Hancock

The Indian variant of coronavirus makes the decision about lifting lockdown restrictions on 21 June “more difficult”, Matt Hancock has told Sky News, due to its higher rate of transmission.

Dominic Cummings’ key claims – with PM, Hancock and Carrie Symonds all under fire

Boris Johnson treated COVID-19 like a “scare story”, health secretary Matt Hancock should have been “sacked for lying”, and many ministers were “literally skiing” as the pandemic was developing early last year, Dominic Cummings has said.

Indian variant can ‘spread like wildfire’ if people not jabbed – but ‘confidence’ vaccines work

There is a “high degree of confidence” that vaccines protect against the Indian variant of COVID-19 – but it can “spread like wildfire” among those who haven’t had a jab, Matt Hancock has told Sky News.