When is the daily coronavirus briefing? How to watch on TV and online

The Prime Minister continues to give daily updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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In these testing (and tracing) times, the news agenda is often set by the government’s daily coronavirus briefings, designed to update the public and press on efforts to curb COVID-19.


Led by a senior cabinet minister – including Prime Minister Boris Johnson – the meetings also include experts such as Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty. The daily news conferences also see politicians and scientists take questions from the public and news services.

Following the news up to six people will be allowed to meet outside in England, the briefings contain the latest movements and decisions as it looks to ease lockdown further in the coming weeks.

The time of the briefing varies day-to-day and week-to-week, with the BBC’s schedule shifting to allow for changes.

Here’s everything you need to know about the coronavirus briefing…

What time is today’s coronavirus briefing?

Today’s coronavirus briefing is expected to begin at 5pm on BBC One.

It follows yesterday’s conference during which Boris Johnson announced people in England will be allowed to meet outside – including in gardens – in groups of six from Monday. However, individuals from different households must remain at least two metres apart.

Earlier briefings have raised questions about Dominic Cummings. Johnson’ senior advisor previously gave a statement explaining his decision to travel from London to Country Durham during lockdown with his child and wife, who had COVID-19 symptoms at the time.

The Prime Minister’s chief adviser said he has acted “reasonably” and within the law, adding that he doesn’t regret his actions.

Where can I watch the coronavirus briefing?

The daily update is broadcast live from Downing Street on BBC One.

The usual daily briefings are broadcast live on the BBC News 24 channel, while the BBC has also scheduled a special coronavirus BBC News programme each day that features the daily briefing.

Who is leading today’s coronavirus briefing?

Today’s briefing will be chaired by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

He is among the senior minister who has lead the briefing in the past.

What will be included in today’s briefing?

Today’s briefing will be chaired by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is expected to make an announcement on the government’s furlough scheme.

In particular further details as to how employers will be asked to help pay the wages of furloughed workers.

Will Boris Johnson be at the coronavirus briefing?

Johnson has led several briefings since returning to work after his severe case of coronavirus, however he can be replaced by other relevant ministers.

Ministers that have led the briefing in the past include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Does Boris Johnson have coronavirus?

Johnson announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday 27th March via a video on his Twitter account.

Nine days later he was admitted into hospital and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab deputised in his absence.

Johnson was discharged on Sunday 12th April and returned to work on the week commencing 27th April.


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