What time is the coronavirus press briefing and who is speaking at it? – The Sun

TODAY'S coronavirus press briefing will take place later this afternoon.

Here's everything you need to know.

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What time is today's coronavirus press briefing?

Today's briefing will air at 4.30 pm.

You can watch live through The Sun's website.

You can also catch it on BBC 1, BBC News, Sky News or live-streamed through BBC iPlayer, Twitter and on some Facebook pages.

Who is speaking at it and what will be discussed?

No 10 don't confirm who will be speaking at the breifings beforehand, but it's likely today's conference will be led by Matt Hancock and John Newman  – involved in the coronavirus testing.

England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty was also snapped entering No 10 earlier, so it's likely he'll make up the third part of the trio.
And we are expecting to get the latest test figures to show whether the 100,000 test target promised by the health secretary was reached.

Discussions around testing are expected to be held today, with it dominating most of the conference.

What was said at yesterday's coronavirus press conference?

Boris Johnson confirmed "for the first time we are past the peak of this disease and on the downward slope".

He promised next week the government will release a "comprehensive plan" to ease lockdown, but didn't give a date of when that would be.

He said he will only be making tweaks to the lockdown if the R rate of transmission stays low.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, said scientists think the R rate is currently between 0.6 and 0.9 in the UK.

He confirmed the number of hospital admissions and total number of cases is coming down.

He said the UK will need to "stick with what we're doing" to make sure the R number continues to fall.

The measures are set to be reviewed by May 7, and the government insists nothing will change before then.

The PM also apologised for "not being part of the trio for so long" and thanked everyone for "doing such a good job in my absence."

He thanked the NHS, both for his care when he was in intensive care with Covid-19 and for the birth of his 6th son on Wednesday.

 

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