Priti Patel announcement: Home Secretary to hold 5pm press conference after UK records highest ever coronavirus death toll

Priti Patel is set to address the nation tonight after Covid-19 deaths have continued to surge despite lockdown.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 12:40 pm
Home Secretary Prit Patel will address the nation tonight (Photo by LEON NEAL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Home Secretary will address the nation at 5pm this afternoon (Thursday, January 21) as she urges the public to continue following Covid-19 rules.

It comes after the UK’s deadliest day of the pandemic so far, with 1,820 deaths confirmed yesterday.

Boris Johnson warned there would be more ‘tough weeks to come’ and described the death tally as ‘appalling’.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Chair in epidemiology at Imperial College London, Professor Paul Elliot, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the country had seen a “levelling off, or even a small rise" in cases.

Prof Elliot said the React study, which tested swabs of around 145,000 people, including those not showing symptoms, revealed that "we are not seeing the decline that we really need to see given the pressure on the NHS and the very high levels of the virus in the population.”

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a digital subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.