What time is the government press briefing today and who is chairing it? – The Sun

THE Government's coronavirus press conference today (April 25) will be held at 5pm as the nation's top experts and officials keep the public abreast of all important changes. 

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What time is the coronavirus press briefing?

The Government updates the British public on the latest coronavirus news announcements and have been doing so since March 16.

The briefings are held daily in order to inform Brits about how the Government is tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

Today's briefing is set to take place around 5pm – with most briefings coming between 4pm and 6pm.

As usual, the conference will be held at 10 Downing Street.

Who is speaking and what will be said?

It is unclear who will be chairing today's briefing but yesterday's briefing was chaired by Transport secretary Grant Schapps and Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has also taken on the role.

The conference is co-chaired by experts and officials from the health and scientific communities who also give updates on how their various departments are supporting the Government.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, his deputy Dr Jenny Harries and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are among the regular speakers.

How can I watch the press briefing?

The press briefings are shown live on the BBC's news channel.

This is a free-to-air channel, providing you have a TV license.

You can also live stream on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast the conference over the airwaves for those on the move.

Sky News also has a live YouTube stream.

It can also be watched on the Government's official YouTube page.

And you can also follow our coronavirus live blog where we will be reporting on what is said at the briefing.

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What happened in yesterday's (April 24) briefing?

  • The government reaffirmed the priority to keep social distancing and stop the spread of coronavirus.
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged people to stay at home over what is expected to be another warm and sunny weekend.
  • Mr Shapps confirmed the government would keep airport scanning and temperature checks under review, saying the amount of flights coming into the UK is only "about 4 per cent" from prior to the lockdown.
  • He spoke of the government's efforts to bring Britons home from oversees, confirming there are "no British holidaymakers stranded on cruise ships anywhere in the world".
  • The public was also urged to only "travel if you need to" as the Deputy chief medical officer for England said roads have been busier across the country.
  • Dr Jenny Harries said: "It has risen a little bit, just 2 per cent or 3 per cent in the last week. I would just like to reinforce how important it is that we retain that success in reducing the amount of contacts we’re having and our travelling."
  • There was talk of when the Prime Minister may return to work with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying Boris Johnson is "on the mend in a big way". Hancock described the Prime Minister on Friday as being in an "ebullient" state while recovering at his Chequers country retreat, where he is said not to be undertaking official work. Downing Street sources were dismissing reports that Mr Johnson was preparing to return to No 10 as early as Monday, saying a decision was yet to be made. Mr Hancock insisted the PM "has to be better" before returning to Downing Street and refused to get into the "precise timing" of his recovery.
  • Around 16,000 coronavirus tests were booked by essential workers via the new online system.



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