UK Covid live: 1,820 deaths reported in new record high alongside 38,905 new cases

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Latest updates: a further 1,820 die in the UK within 28 days of a Covid test; Downing Street says police must wait for phase two of vaccine rollout

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Nicola Sturgeon has announced more than £250m of extra funding for Scotland’s drugs death emergency in a Holyrood statement that signified a change of tone in acknowledging the level of crisis the country faces, as well as bridging different approaches to improving services.

Sturgeon described this as “a national mission to end what is currently a national disgrace”, acknowledging “it is a reasonable criticism to say this government should have done more.”

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