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Boris Johnson has faced calls to apologise for saying people dying from Covid were “essentially all over 80”, in a text leaked by Dominic Cummings.

The prime minister did not deny making the comments, in October last year, as he argued against a second lockdown.

But he told Prime Minister’s Questions the government was making “incredibly tough balancing decisions” at the time.

Nothing he could say or do would make up for the “loss and suffering” people had endured, Mr Johnson added.

The prime minister said the “median age” for those dying was “above life expectancy”,

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