Coronavirus: Health Secretary confirms no new Covid-19 related deaths recorded in London hospitals

The Health Secretary confirmed there were no new Covid-19 related deaths recorded in London hospitals in the past 24 hours.

Speaking in the Commons Matt Hancock said: "There were no deaths recorded in London hospitals which is a real milestone for the capital, which, of course, in the early stages of this pandemic faced the biggest peak.”

However Mr Hancock warned he expected "more fatalities in the future", because the figures recorded at the weekend are typically lower.

NHS England added that a "small number" of people had died and these would be included in figures in the next few days.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock during a media briefing in Downing Street

The government said the R rate remained below one in every region of the country.

R measures how many people on average an infected person transmits Covid-19 to and is crucial in controlling the virus.

We, of course, also look at the R rate. Sage confirmed on Friday that their estimate taking into account ten different models is that R remains between 0.7 to 0.9 and that it is below one in every region of the country.

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary