What time is the coronavirus briefing today? How to watch latest announcement

A televised address has been scheduled for today.

Boris Johnson

Last updated: Monday 5th April


Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to lead a last-minute press conference this afternoon, confirming whether worldwide travel will be allowed from May in line with the proposed roadmap out of lockdown.

Today’s briefing (5th April) will see Johnson address the situation around international travel in light of mainland Europe’s third COVID-19 wave and the government’s plan for coronavirus-safe holiday-making in the future.

With just one week to go before pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops are planned to open once again, Johnson is expected to sign off on the next stage of lockdown easing with the cabinet earlier today.

Read on to find out more.

When is the coronavirus briefing time today?

Boris Johnson will lead a press conference later today (5th April) at 5pm. 

The Prime Minister is expected to address whether international travel will be allowed from May, with the roadmap currently stating that people can holiday abroad from no earlier than the 17th.

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.

Since England went into its third national lockdown, the briefings have become more frequent.

Where can I watch the coronavirus briefing today?

Boris Johnson’s press conference will be broadcast today (5th April) at 5pm on BBC News and Sky News, with coverage and analysis starting on BBC One from 4:30pm.

With the coronavirus update now airing at 4:30pm on BBC One, Ready Steady Cook has been removed from today’s schedule, while The Repair Shop is earlier than billed and Pointless has been moved to BBC Two at 5:15pm.

Who is leading today’s coronavirus briefing?

Boris Johnson will be leading today’s coronavirus briefing.

He will be joined by will be joined by Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty.

In previous instances, Johnson has been supported by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam and NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens.

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?

Today’s press conference will see Boris Johnson confirm whether international travel will be allowed in May, as set out in the Prime Minister’s roadmap.

Mainland Europe is currently experiencing a third wave of COVID-19, and so potential holidaymakers are anxious to find out whether Johnson is planning to push the date back.

While the global travel taskforce won’t be issuing a report before 12th April, Johnson may unveil the government’s new traffic light travel system – which will rank holiday destinations by their COVID risk level, rates of infection, how much of the population has been vaccinated and other factors.

It is also likely that Johnson, who is expected to meet cabinet to sign off the next stage of easing lockdown earlier today, will provide more detail about the possible use of coronavirus certificates and international travel.

Will Boris Johnson be at the coronavirus briefing?

The Prime Minister will lead today’s briefing.

Johnson has led several briefings in recent weeks, 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, 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 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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