Last updated: Monday 10th May
Boris Johnson will be back at the briefing podium for this afternoon’s press conference, which will see the prime minister confirm whether the next stage of lockdown easing can go ahead.
With the government’s vaccine rollout on track and infection rates at their lowest since September, the PM is expected to green-light next week’s roadmap plans, which will allow indoor hospitality and household mixing to return from 17th May.
Johnson will also give an update on whether foreign travel will be allowed from next week following Grant Shapps’ conference on Friday, during which he unveiled the government’s traffic light system and plans for vaccine passports.
Read on for everything you need to know about this afternoon’s conference.
When is the coronavirus briefing time today?
Boris Johnson will lead a press conference later today (10th May) at 5pm.
The prime minister will lead this afternoon’s press conference, where he’s expected to confirm that meetings of six people or two households will be allowed to take place indoors from 17th May as planned.
Until the end of June 2020, the government had been holding daily COVID-19 briefings from Downing Street, but in the time since it has only been addressing the public when there has been significant new information to report.
Where can I watch the coronavirus briefing today?
Boris Johnson’s press conference will be broadcast today (10th May) at 5pm on BBC News and Sky News, with coverage and analysis starting on BBC One from 4:30pm.
Previous briefings have caused schedule changes for broadcasters, with programmes shuffled around to make way for the briefings. It is likely today’s briefing will also affect scheduled programming.
Who is leading today’s coronavirus briefing?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be leading today’s coronavirus briefing.
He is expected to give an update on the plans to ease restrictions from 17th May, which will allow indoor hospitality to reopen, foreign holidays to go ahead and people to hug loved ones.
In previous instances, conferences have been led by the likes of Grant Shapps, Matt Hancock and Rishi Sunak, with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam and NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens in supporting roles.
Government figures have also been joined by other medical and science experts including NHS England’s regional medical director for London Dr Vin Diwakar.
What will be included in today’s briefing?
After last week’s conference, which saw Grant Shapps outline a new traffic light system for international travel, prime minister Boris Johnson is set to confirm whether the next phase of lockdown will go ahead on 17th May.
The prime minister is expected to confirm that indoor hospitality will open from next week, with meetings of six people or two households allowed to meet indoors, foreign holidays allowed and people able to hug loved ones as infection rates continue to lower.
With the country’s vaccine rollout remaining on track, experts predict that the prime minister will say that the government’s tests have been met to allow for stage three of his roadmap to go ahead.
Will Boris Johnson be at the coronavirus briefing?
The Prime Minister is expected to lead today’s coronavirus briefing.
Johnson has led several briefings in recent months, which have been used to declare crucial information, such as the announcement of the third national lockdown and updates on the UK’s vaccination programme.
Other ministers who have led briefings in the past include Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Does Boris Johnson have coronavirus?
Johnson announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday 27th March 2020 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.
In November 2020, he underwent another period of self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.
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