COVID news latest: North East has highest hospitalisations - as 44% of 'coronavirus patients' primarily being treated for something else
Coronavirus latest as self-isolation rule cut but data shows 30% still infectious at end of day five; UK records 109,133 daily COVID cases and 335 deaths; Jonathan Van-Tam standing down from position as deputy CMO; 44% of virus patients are primarily being treated for something else.
Kit Malthouse, crime and policing minister, said Boris Johnson was right to apologise and people should wait for the outcome of civil servant Sue Gray's inquiry.
He said: "I think he was right to apologise and, absolutely, I do support him.
"Over the last couple of years he's done an extraordinary job bringing us through the pandemic. He's obviously apologised to the House, there's an inquiry under way.
"We have to wait and see what the inquiry says, and then see what he has to say in the House of Commons."
Mr Malthouse added that the PM has his "full support".
"We all recognise it was a challenging time for the police, particularly, but for the whole of society - don't forget the Prime Minister almost died in hospital because of COVID," he said.
"This was a very difficult time in our national history and we understand - as the Prime Minister said in the House (of Commons) yesterday - why people are so angry about the allegations that have been made in Downing Street.
"We've got to let that inquiry conclude and once it does, all will become clear."