What time is today’s coronavirus government press briefing and who is hosting it? – The Sun

NUMBER 10 will hold today's press briefing at around 4pm and is expected to be about education.

While details are a little light, we are expecting to hear more on the government plans to re-open schools and improve distance learning as well as analysis on the fight against coronavirus.

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When will today's press conference be held?

Today's press conference will start at 4pm and will be broadcast live by the BBC as well as on the Downing Street YouTube account.

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.

You can also watch a recap on our YouTube channel.

Who will host today's briefing?

Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson will likely be chairing, though this will not be confirmed until around 3pm.

The speaker will give us a big clue as to what will be discussed – Matt Hancock will likely cover health and social care for example.

The conference will always be co-chaired by officials from the scientific, police and health community to give an update on the UK's battle against coronavirus.

Ministers that often make an appearance are Rishi Sunak (government spending and tax), Alok Sharma (business, energy and industry), Dominic Raab (foreign affairs, travel), Robert Jenrick (housing, communities and local government) and Priti Patel (Policing).

What will be discussed in today's briefing?

Assuming that it will be Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson hosting, we can expect to hear about when schools will be re-opened and what new measures are being taken to support distance learning in the meantime.

There will likely be details on many kids getting free laptops and 4G routers to support distance learning.

A briefing has also outlined a new online accademy that provides lessons from some of the country's top teachers.

Number 10 has not said exactly what will be discussed, however it usually links to major topics covered that week in coronavirus related news.

It is likely that we will hear updates on when kids will be going back to school, the plan to re-open the UK, and the situation with any medical breakthroughs.

They will discuss the latest moves being made by the government, and will likely double down on key messages, like the importance of social distancing and the latest efforts to support the NHS.

There will be an update on the number of deaths and cases in the UK and the medical or scientific officer will tell us how our efforts are paying off.

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What happened in yesterday's briefing?

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick chaired.

He pledged a further £1.6 billion to help out rough sleepers, the UK's homeless and our community care workers.

The extra funding would see the total support for councils reach £3.2 billion.

He said more than 5,400 vulnerable people had been helped off the streets during the pandemic.

The briefing also detailed thousands of care packages that are being sent to the extremely medically vulnerable who have no other support.

Jenrick said that all parks, cemeteries and graveyards are to remain open but that social distancing rules really need to be taken seriously.

He showed sympathy to those who don't have gardens and need parks to get a bit of air and outdoor exercise during lockdown.

Asked about the disproportionate effect of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, Mr Jenrick promised "swift" research to "better understand" what is going on.

He said that the UK now has 10,606 ventilators within the NHS and that 400 thousand gowns will arrive tomorrow along with a "very large consignment" of 84 tonnes of PPE.

It was confirmed that the UK had 888 deaths and 5,526 cases in the last 24 hours. Our total sits at 114,217 cases and 15,464 deaths.

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