What time is Boris Johnson’s coronavirus speech tonight? – The Sun

BORIS Johnson is set to address the nation tonight with the latest update on the UK's ongoing battle against coronavirus.

Tonight he will be joined at Number 10 by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Davies.

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What time is the coronavirus press conference today?

The daily coronavirus press briefing takes place between 4pm and 6pm UK time.

This evening, Boris Johnson will update Brits from Downing Street at 5pm.

The briefings will be available to watch from live on BBC News, but are also available to stream online

Practicing social distancing, journalists now will be attending the conference virtually to ask Mr Johnson questions.

What is expected to be announced in the briefing?

The Chancellor is expected to unveil plans for the 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK who are unable to work or get work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He set out plans for 80 percent wage subsidies for furloughed staff kept on by employers last week, but the PM has specified he wants similar protection for freelancers.

However, the Sun exclusively revealed that the coronavirus bailout cash won't be available to them for another eight weeks.

It was discovered that in a bid to prioritise the nation's most needy, emergency help will be targeted at low and middle earners only.

An eligibility cap is expected to set around the median income level – £30,353 last year – meaning it won't stretch to cover the wages of high earning professionals like lawyers or tech programmers.

One likely option being looked into is to use January's tax return for the financial year 2018-19 as the new scheme's benchmark.

Previously, Boris has said he could not promise the country would beat the virus "without any kind of hardship at all".

What was unveiled in yesterday's announcement?

Prime Minister Johnson took the opportunity to reiterate that we must stay at home in order to help slow the spread of the virus.

He also thanked the NHS and public services including teachers, transport workers and the police force.

The PM also revealed 405,000 people have volunteered to help the NHS in just 24 hours and the UK has done more testing than most other European countries.

When asked whether the government is coping under the coronavirus outbreak, Mr Johnson said: “When you look at the sheer scale of what the government is doing to get the country through, we will cope and we are coping very well indeed under the most challenging circumstances.”

Why is the government holding daily briefings?

Johnson and his senior cabinet ministers had been criticised for a lack of regular updates into what is happening with the coronavirus outbreak.

Among them was Sir Keir Starmer – a candidate to become the next Labour leader – who called for daily press conferences.

The Shadow Secretary said he was “deeply concerned” that “ministers have been failing in their responsibilities to provide consistent and transparent public health advice”.


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