What time is the government coronavirus press conference today? – The Sun

THE Thursday press conference is being chaired by Health and Social Secretary Matt Hancock, Medical Director of NHS England, Prof. Steve Powis, and Prof Yvonne Doyle.

Here's everything you need to know about what's going on today and a recap of yesterday's briefing from Business Secretary Sharma.

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When is today's press conference?

Today's press conference starts at 5pm and is broadcast live by the BBC.

It is generally held in Downing Street between 4pm and 6pm and lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

The briefings have been ongoing since March 16.

Who is hosting today's briefing?

Today's briefing is to be hosted by Health and Social Secretary Matt Hancock.

He will be joined by Medical Director of NHS England, Prof. Steve Powis, and Medical Director and Director of Health Protection for Public Health England, Prof. Yvonne Doyle.

What is likely to be discussed in today's briefing?

The agenda of the daily briefing is not confirmed until speakers hit the podium, but the cabinet role of the chair-person tends to give a good hint toward what will be discussed.

We will also get an update on the death count, which rocketed again today as 569 people sadly lost their lives and 2,961 new cases were announced bringing the UK up to 33,178 hospitalised infected.

The agenda for today will likely be around PPE, the NHS and testing, as these have been of growing public concern this week, though the agenda is not certain until the briefing is underway.

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Who hosted yesterday's briefing and what happened?

Yesterday's briefing was hosted by Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

He was joined by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and PHE Medical Director and Director for Health Protection, Prof. Yvonne Doyle CB.

Sharma opened the briefing to reinforce the action plan of aiming to slow the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.

He continued: 'The pandemic is the biggest threat our country has faced in decades but we are not alone.'

The Business Secretary recognised the extreme disruption (the lockdown) is having on our lives and thanked those making an effort to help tackle the pandemic, as well as frontline workers and businesses.

He also said local authorities have received £12 billion for grants to small businesses to help them survive.

Dr Yvonne Doyle mentioned there was a 'slightly concerning trend' – an increase in motor traffic.

She also said the target of conducting 10,000 tests a day has been reached, adding she is 'confident' the UK can reach 25,000.

In regards to the antibody test, Sharma said the government are 'urgently evaluating' it and that it is an 'absolute priority'.

On lockdown, Sharma said stopping restrctions too early could bring a second wave.

Dr Doyle added that the restrictions will be reviewed after Easter and will be guided by how the epidemic is progressing.

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