UK coronavirus live: tighter restrictions likely to be imposed on Liverpool

MPs unlikely to get vote on further lockdown measures for Merseyside, environment secretary George Eustice confirms

10.11am BST

In Brussels Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European commission, has just delivered a short press statement.

She said provisions in the UK’s internal market bill were in “full contradiction” to the Northern Ireland protocol in the withdrawal agreement.

10.04am BST

An interim report from a large testing programme for Covid-19 in the community has found signs that the sharp rise in infections has begun to slow in England, my colleague Ian Sample reports.

Related: Growth in Covid-19 cases in England may be slowing, study shows

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