What time is the coronavirus press conference today and who is leading it? – The Sun

THE Government's coronavirus press briefing will be held today at Downing Street between 4pm and 6pm, according to No10. 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is set to update Brits on measures being taken by the Government to battle the outbreak of the Covid-19.

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What time is the coronavirus press briefing today?

The Government will update the country between 4pm and 6pm today, according to Downing Street.

As always, the press conference is broadcast live on the BBC and can be watched on the Government's official YouTube channel.

We will also be providing live updates on what is said on our coronavirus live blog.

Who is speaking at the press conference?

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, is expected to chair today's press briefing alongside Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, and England's Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty.

The conference is usually co-chaired by experts and officials from the health and scientific communities, who also provide updates and advice.

The Foreign Secretary has addressed the nation a number of times after Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted coronavirus.

What will be discussed?

Government's decision to start human trials on a coronavirus vaccine could be further discussed in today's press briefing.

The Government is boosting its spending on clinical trials and research in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus after it was revealed by Matt Hancock on Monday, April 22, that the death toll had jumped  by 852.

Also, the ongoing issue of PPE shortage is likely to be addressed at the press conference.

This comes as it has been reported that the UK is shipping PPE to Europe, despite fears the NHS could face a shortage of PPE for frontline workers.

There are also reports of a shortage of staff as patients in "life or death" situations have been turned away from the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London.


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What happened in Tuesday's briefing?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock led the coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday, April 21 alongside Professor John Newton, a director for Public Health England and the Government's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.

During the briefing, Matt Hancock revealed the Government is to begin human trials on a coronavirus vaccine on Thursday (April 23).

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He also said the Government was to boost its funding for research, giving £20m to the Oxford team to sponsor their clinical trials.

The Health Secretary also insisted that the Government's lockdown measures is working but there was still a long way to go.

He rejected claims the UK coronavirus death toll could be 40 per cent higher than suggested after it was revealed deaths outside hospitals had not been reported.

The issue of PPE was discussed as Mr Hancock said he is "determined to get people the PPE they need."

He also said PPE delivery is happening on an unprecedented scale, adding the Government has delivered over a billion items.

Addressing the criticism of PPE delivery, he maintained that the Government was working to improve the delivery.

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