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Boris Johnson has welcomed French president Emmanuel Macron to Downing Street for the first socially-distanced meeting between the two leaders - the new normal for diplomacy over the next few months at least.

There will be more on the contact-tracing app later this afternoon, as Baroness Harding and health secretary Matt Hancock will be appearing at the 5pm Downing Street press briefing.

A further 135 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the UK’s death toll to 42,288, according to the latest government figures.

Our political correspondent, Lizzy Buchan, has more details below on the government's expected U-turn on the long-delayed NHS contact-tracing app:

Here are some images of Emmanuel Macron arriving at Clarence House earlier today.

Hancock says government remains determined to develop app despite major U-turn


Matt Hancock has said the government remains determined to develop a contact-tracing app which meets the “technical, security and user needs of the public” following a major U-turn on its design.


The health secretary added that countries across the world had “faced challenges” in developing apps.


“Our approach to the virus, whether that's on vaccines, testing, treatments or cures, has been that we are willing to back innovative solutions and to be ambitious,” Mr Hancock said.


“We knew from the start that we would need to test and learn as we developed this new technology. 


“The NHS Covid-19 app has undergone some of the most rigorous testing in the world - utilising a real-world trial on the Isle of Wight pilot and in a series of field tests - and I want to thank all of those involved.”


He continued: “As we enter this next phase of research and development we remain determined to continue in our ambition to develop an app which meets the technical, security and user needs of the public and which can complement the NHS Test and Trace service.


“Countries across the globe have faced challenges in developing an app which gets all of these elements right, but through ongoing international collaboration we hope to learn, improve and find a solution which will strengthen our global response to this virus.”

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