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Patel says Covid rules ‘tough enough’ despite another 1,243 deaths

Home secretary pressured over why curbs looser than in March as she defends PM’s bike ride

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Lockdown rules are “tough enough” without the need for further crackdowns, Priti Patel has said as she defended Boris Johnson’s weekend cycling trip but warned that “egregious” rule breaches would face action.

It came as the UK recorded its second highest total of daily reported deaths – 1,243 – with the home secretary coming under pressure to explain why current lockdown rules are looser than in March, including on exercise.

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