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Boris Johnson has denied reports he said he would rather see “bodies pile high” than take the country into a third lockdown.

Sources have told the BBC the prime minister made the comment last autumn.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer asked the PM: “Did he make those remarks, or remarks to that effect?”

Mr Johnson replied “no”, and challenged Sir Keir to “substantiate” the allegations and say where they had come from.

He added that last October there were “very bitter, very difficult” decisions to be made about whether to go into lockdown.