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


THE Government will give us more information today about the coronavirus situation as well as confirmation of the latest figures.

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What time is the press conference today?

Today's press conference started at around 5pm and will be broadcast live by most news channels including the BBC.

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

The briefings have been ongoing since March 16.

Who will host today's briefing and what will be discussed?

Today's briefing should be hosted by Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove and deputy CMO Dr Jenny Harries.

Today's agenda is currently unconfirmed.

MPs from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport met with charities earlier in the day to discuss the coronavirus impact, so there is a chance that that may come up.

Who hosted yesterday's briefing and what happened?

Yesterday's briefing was held by Dominic Raab and chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance and focused on repatriations.

Raab said there are an unprecedented number of Brits abroad trying to get home.

Up to a million Brits are thought to be stranded abroad as airlines and borders shut down across the world to help combat the spread of Covid-19.

The UK are set to spend £75 million on charter flights to bring them home when there are no other routes available.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Trade have signed a memorandum of understanding with Virgin, EasyJet, Jet 2 and Titan Airways to help travellers reach home where they have tickets and where commercial flights are still available.

British Airways have also made a commitment.

Travellers will be able to use different flight carriers or fly on different days in order to get home.

If there is no commercial option, the FCO will use travel management company CTM to organise charter flights.

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How can I watch the daily coronavirus press briefings?

You can watch the government's daily press briefings using a live stream on our YouTube channel.

You can also follow live updates on the conference and the coronavirus in the UK through our live blog.

On TV, the press conferences are broadcast live on BBC News.

Why is the government holding daily briefings?

Boris 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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