What happened at the coronavirus press conference today? – The sun


Today’s media availability took place at 4 pm at number 10 and covered local council issues and the efforts being made for the homeless and most vulnerable.

Here is a brief summary of what was said at today’s press conference as well as a recap from yesterday.

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    Robert Jenrick is likely to host today's meeting
Robert Jenrick is likely to host today’s meetingCredit: PA: Press Association

When was today’s press conference?

Today’s press conference was held just after 4:00 p.m.

The conference is usually held at Downing Street between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

Information sessions have continued since March 16.

You can also watch a summary on our YouTube channel.

Who organized today’s briefing?

Today’s briefing chair was local government secretary Robert Jenrick.

He was accompanied by NHS England medical director Stephen Powis.

What was discussed in today’s briefing?

Jenrick has pledged an additional £ 1.6 billion to help those who sleep poorly, the British homeless and our social workers.

The additional funding would see total support for boards reach £ 3.2 billion.

He said more than 5,400 vulnerable people were helped to leave the streets during the pandemic.

The briefing also detailed thousands of care packages that are being sent to the most medically vulnerable who have no other support.

Jenrick said that all parks, cemeteries and cemeteries must remain open but that the rules of social distancing must be taken seriously.

He showed sympathy for those who do not have gardens and who need parks to get some fresh air and exercise outdoors during the lockout.

Asked about the disproportionate effect of the coronavirus on Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities (BAME), Mr. Jenrick promised “quick” research to “better understand” what is going on.

He said the UK now has 10,606 fans in the NHS and 400,000 gowns will arrive tomorrow with a “very large batch” of 84 tonnes of PPE.

It has been confirmed that the UK has recorded 888 deaths and 5,526 cases in the past 24 hours. Our total is 114,217 cases and 15,464 deaths.

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Who organized yesterday’s briefing and what happened?

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma spoke at a government briefing on coronaviruses last night.

Sharma said the government is following scientific and medical advice, taking the right action at the right time.

The government has worked to increase the capacity of the NHS by providing more beds, personnel and life-saving equipment to fight the virus.

He reiterated that the current social distancing measures will remain in place for at least the next three weeks, saying that the worst thing we can do now is to bring about a second spike by relaxing the restrictions too soon.

He recognized that social distancing forces the public to make sacrifices and understands that it is difficult, but stressed its importance in defeating the coronavirus.

Sharma said the government has set up a vaccine working group to speed up the development of a coronavirus vaccine – which it is hoped will be available as soon as possible.

    British Secretary of Business Sharma welcomed the Covid-19 update last night
British Secretary of Business Sharma welcomed the Covid-19 update last nightCredit: Crown Copyright

The task force will facilitate testing, working in the UK and abroad.

He confirmed that the government had given the green light to 21 research projects – with £ 14 million.

He said that we cannot fix a date by which we will manufacture a vaccine, but hopes that with the best of British scientific efforts it will be available soon.

Sharma chaired the last information meeting on April 1, where he was accompanied by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and the medical director of PHE and director of health protection, Professor Yvonne Doyle BC.

Sharma opened the briefing to strengthen the action plan to slow the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.

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Yesterday we supported Lord Ashcroft’s proposal to honor our health heroes with the gong of bravery given for acts of bravery that did not take place in battle.

A No10 spokesperson said, “The NHS is doing a fantastic job and the nation will want to find a way to thank you when we have defeated this virus.” “

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