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UK Covid live news: Hancock says earlier first lockdown would have meant ‘overruling scientific consensus’

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Latest updates: health secretary denies lying to PM under questioning from MPs and says he did not want to overrule scientists

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12.51pm BST

Labour’s Dawn Butler goes next.

Q: Were you ever involved in procurement contracts?

12.48pm BST

In response to another question from Labour’s Sarah Owen, Hancock says:

We have looked into this and there’s no evidence that I have seen that a shortage of PPE provision led to anybody dying of Covid.

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