What time is the coronavirus press briefing today and who is speaking? – The Sun

THE Government's coronavirus press conference today (April 23) will be held at 5pm, according to Downing Street.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary is expected to chair the briefing which is held daily in order to inform Brits about how the Government is tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

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What time is the coronavirus press briefing today?

The Government's daily press briefing is expected to be held at 5pm, according to No10.

The update is usually held at Downing Street.

These conferences have been taking place everyday since March 16.

Who is speaking and what will be said?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to chair today's press conference.

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

Matt Hancock is expected to speak about an expansion of testing to key workers.

It was revealed that access to testing will be extended to include frontline workers and members of their household who have shown symptoms of the virus.

The Health Secretary is expected to provide more details on the issue.

This comes after it was revealed that 616 more people died as a result of coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total number up to 18,738.


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How can I watch it?

The press conference can be watched live on the BBC.

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

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

What was said at Wednesday's press conference?

On Wednesday April 22, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, addressed the nation alongside Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief of Defence Staff Sir Nick Carter.

Dominic Raab warned that the UK was "not out of the woods yet" and more work needed to be done in order to combat the outbreak of the disease.

He said the Government is following scientific advise at all times and insisted the lockdown measures had saved lives.

On the issue of PPE, Sir Nick spoke of the military's involvement in its distribution to frontline workers.

The army has also delivered mobile testing labs and helped build emergency field hospitals.

According to him, the army has helped the NHS deliver to 50,000 locations.

Chris Whitty said the number of people in hospital beds as a result of the disease is "improving" or "broadly flat".

He however, warned the UK not to expect a sharp decline in numbers.

He also suggested lockdown measures may have to be in place until the end of the year.

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