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UK coronavirus live: hospital death toll reaches 16,060 but rate slows with daily rise of 596

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Government hit by claims it missed chance to lessen impact during February and March

The UK government will give its daily briefing at 16:00 BST led by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson while Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to recover from coronavirus.

Williamson will be joined by deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces another “deeply unsettling” couple of days as the wait continues to find out if her temporary release from a prison in Iran has been extended, according to her husband.

The British-Iranian mother was temporarily freed from Evin prison in Tehran in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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