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What time is today's government coronavirus daily briefing takes place


Boris Johnson’s government has been holding daily news conferences outlining the latest steps being taken in the battle against coronavirus.

The daily briefings in Downing Street have been running since March 16.

While journalists initially attended in person, they are now dialling in via video link to put their questions to ministers and professors.

The briefings aim to advise the public on “on how to protect themselves”, as well as announcing latest measures to help people, whether medical or financial. Number 10 has said they will continue “as long as necessary”.

What time is the coronavirus daily briefing and how can I watch it?

The government has said that the daily briefings will take place between 4pm and 6pm. A government spokesperson has said they would like to “see the briefings held at a consistent time”.

Today’s briefing (March 31) is expected to be at around 5pm.

You can watch the daily briefings live on the Mirror Politics Facebook page.

The briefings are also shown live on BBC1, BBC News and Sky News as well as other news channels’ Facebook and YouTube pages.

Who will host the coronavirus daily update?

Most have been led by the Prime Minister, often appearing alongside the government’s Chief Medical Adviser, Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallence.

However with Mr Johson and Mr Whitty both in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, neither will be able to appear.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a daily briefing last week
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a daily briefing last week

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also fronted some of the press conferences, however he too is isolating after testing positive last week.

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Today’s briefing is set to be fronted by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

In recent days Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries has often appeared in place of Mr Whitty.

What happened yesterday?

In Monday’s press conference, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government will spend £75million on chartered flights to ensure Brits stuck abroad get home.

Mr Raab said the effort will run in countries where commercial flights are no longer operation, with elderly and the most vulnerable prioritised. The government is working with British Airways, Virgin Jet2 and Titan to “target flights from a range of priority countries” in which flights have stopped this week.

In countries where commercial routes remain an option, airlines will have to offer alternative flights at little to no cost where routes have been cancelled.





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