The government daily press conference has just finished.
Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson going into self isolation after testing positive for the virus , the briefing continued as normal today, led by Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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Today the briefing was hosted by Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, who spoke at the conference last Sunday (Credit: AFP What was announced in the press briefing today?
Robert Jenrick began by saying that everyone in the UK has a “part to play” in fighting the virus.
He said: “We each have a part to play by staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.
“When this is done – and it will be done – we all want to proud of the part we played together “.
And Dr Jenny Harries, the government deputy chief medical officer, said the continued growth of the virus is “dependent on the actions we take as individuals and collectively as a population. “
Dr Harries added that, regarding the lockdown, the situation would be “reviewed” after three weeks but that it would be “quite dangerous” for things to return to normal after that.
She said: “If we stop then all of our efforts will be wasted.”
Restrictions could be gradually eased over time, but she said it could be two or three months before we get a sense of the long term impact and about three to six months before “we can actually get back to normal.”
Dr Harries also said that, regarding the increase in deaths, she is “expecting that number will increase for the next week or two”.
She added: “We just need to watch it carefully, hold tight for a week or two, keep doing what we are doing, and then come back and ask me the question again.”
Who hosted the briefing today?
Today, the briefing was hosted by Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
He spoke alongside deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries.
Jenrick has served as Member of Parliament for Newark since and became a member of the cabinet last year.
He previously spoke at the conference
, alongside the Prime Minister and Dr Jenny Harries.
Yesterday, the press conference was led by
, who is Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
A former chartered accountant, he has been MP for Reading West since May .
He was joined by NHS England medical director Stephen Powis.
When is the next coronavirus press conference?
The government press conference tomorrow is expected to start at 4pm.
All daily press briefings will start between 4pm and 6pm, Downing Street has confirmed.
A Downing Street spokesperson said they would like to “see the briefings held at a consistent time.”
So far, all previous briefings have started around 5pm, although yesterday’s began at 4pm.
Journalists also dial into the press briefing these days rather than attend in person to help with social distancing measures.
How can I watch the daily coronavirus press briefings?
You can watch the government 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.
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