Today’s coronavirus update: Reopened states doing OK; Billionaires getting richer

A trio of large Southern states that moved aggressively to reopen during the coronavirus crisis have seen new cases and deaths largely hold steady since then — despite several controversies in regard to their data.

Georgia, which scrapped its stay-at-home order on April 24, reported 862 cases Thursday — fewer than the 946 new cases the day before, according to state data.

Florida, which began reopening on May 4, reported 1,204 new cases, bringing the total to 48,675.

Meanwhile, President Trump says all places of worship should be considered “essential services” and urged governors to reopen them immediately.

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Here’s what else we learned today:

Around the US:

  • The frightening Kawasaki-like inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus is now hitting young adults in their 20s, not just children,  according to doctors.
  • In what researchers are heralding as a “milestone,” the first COVID-19 vaccine to reach clinical trials in humans was determined to be safe and to generate an immune response against the virus.

Who’s getting rich:

  • Cannabis stocks are soaring after scientists revealed they have high hopes that strong strains of marijuana might help ward off the deadly coronavirus.
  • The combined fortunes of America’s billionaires — including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg — have ballooned by $434 billion during the pandemic.
  • White House economists say the third quarter of 2020 will likely show the most growth ever in US history due to reopenings.

Reopening:

  • The president also announced that the US will not shut down again if a second wave of coronavirus. infections hits the country, saying, “We’re going to put out the fires…but we’re not closing our country.”
  • The Mets and the Yankees might resume training in Florida ahead of a proposed Major League Baseball season.

In other news…

  • The demand for sex dolls has shot up so much amid the quarantine, suppliers are struggling to keep up production — with some companies reporting 51 percent increase in orders.
  • Leaving hand sanitizer in your hot car could cause it to explode, like in the case of this Wisconsin driver.
  • Doctors and a politicians jumped to the defense of a nurse who was suspended from her hospital job for wearing nothing but a bra and panties under a see-through hospital gown.

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What time is today's coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, May 20 and who is speaking?

A SENIOR member of the Government will today (May 20) address the country as part of the daily coronavirus press briefings at 5pm, according to Downing Street.

The press conferences aim to inform the public on decisions being taken by the Government to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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What time is today's coronavirus press briefing?

According to No10, the briefing will be held today at 5pm.

They are usually held at Downing Street.

Since March 16, the Government has held these meetings on a daily basis.

In the briefings officials reveal the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.

Who is speaking and what will be said?

Boris Johnson or a senior member of the Government will chair the Government's coronavirus press briefing.

They often inform Brits about how various departments of government is handling the coronavirus crisis and what is being done to usher the country back to normal.

The briefings are usually co-chaired by officials from various communities including the scientific and medical who also provide updates and inform the public how their sectors are helping in the fight against coronavirus.

The conference comes after reports questioning whether schools will be opened from June 1, as suggested by the Government.

Reports also suggest pubs and restaurants could open as early as July in a bid to get the economy back on track, although this has not been confirmed by the Government.

Also, the World Health Organisation has also issued a directive for clinicians worldwide to be on alert for a condition associated with Kawasaki disease.

 

How can I watch it?

The briefings are broadcast live by the BBC.

It can also be watched on the Government's official YouTube page.

Also, by following our coronavirus live blog, you will be kept up to date on what is being said at the press conference.

What was said in Tuesday's press conference?

Environment Secretary George Eustice chaired the press briefing on May 19 alongside Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Angela McClean.

He spoke about the Covid alert system, revealing that the UK is currently on Level 4.

According to Mr Eustice, Level 5 represents when the virus is at its worst but said the UK is working towards the third tier.

He urged Brits to help farmers and growers by taking part in the harvest as migrant labour is restricted this year as a result of the travel restrictions.

There are currently fewer people from other countries who would take part in the harvest.

"Only about a third of the people who would normally come are already here and small numbers may continue to travel," Mr Eustice said.

"But one thing is clear and that is that this year we will need to rely on British workers to lend a hand to help bring that harvest home."

The Environment Secretary announced the website, Pick For Britain, which advertises fruit picking jobs for Brits who have been furloughed or are unemployed.

Although the website was "unavailable" within moments of its announcement, it appears to be up and running again.

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What was said in today’s press conference about the furlough scheme and PPE? – The Sun


RISHI Sunak held tonight's coronavirus press conference at 5pm alongside scientist Angela McLean and public health specialist Yvonne Doyle.

The Chancellor addressed the current PPE shortage and the furlough scheme which launched today.

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What was said at tonight's coronavirus press conference?

  • Rishi Sunak on PPE shortage 

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak addressed the issue of PPE which the government has been criticised on in.

He said the PPE shortage is an “international challenge” for all countries.

He added the government is working hard to get the PPE NHS staff need and are receiving shipments of PPE regularly.

He also said the government is "working to resolve the Turkish shipment following unexpected delays."

Today the UK "unloaded 140,000 gowns from Myanmar".

He said the UK government are continuing to pursue “every possible option” for procurement.

Rishi Sunak said medics "deserve to have the equipment they need to do their job safely".

  • Rishi Sunak on the furlough scheme 

The Chancellor said over 140,000 firms have applied for grants from the UK government's furlough scheme.

The grants they receive will help pay the wages of more than a million people, he added.

The government aims to keep as many people as possible in their existing jobs.

  • Dr Yvonne Doyle on PPE

The situation is challenging due to the "very high burn rate" but authorities are working to secure more items, she added.

Authorities are also working to "to ensure that people use guidance in most precautionary way to make best use of what is available".

 

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What time was the coronavirus press briefing today?

The press briefing, according to Downing Street will be held at 5pm.

It will be broadcast live by the BBC.

Downing Street will also broadcast it on its YouTube account.

The briefing is normally held at Downing Street and usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

What happened in Sunday’s press briefing?

Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson chaired the press briefing with Deputy Chief Medical officer Jenny Harries on Sunday, April 19.

He first gave an update on the country’s confirmed coronavirus cases, now at 120,067 and deaths which stood at 16,060.

Education was discussed in the conference as Williamson said he cannot give a specific date for when schools will reopen.

He said his department’s first priority is to protect the wellbeing of children and young people.

Williamson also said the government has published a list of high quality online educational resources, a new initiative called the Oak National Academy, available for teachers in the UK.

He said: “I recognise the challenge families will be facing at the moment, we are determined to support parents whose children are learning from home.”

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What time is today’s coronavirus press conference, how can I watch it and who is speaking? – The Sun

THE Government are continuing to provide daily press briefings to the public on the UK coronavirus outbreak

With the nation on lockdown this Easter and instructed to stay indoors to curb the spread of COVID-19, top officials are continuing to deliver daily updates from Downing Street.

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What time is the press conference today?

Today's press conference began at around 4pm and will be broadcast live by most news channels, including the BBC.

It is normally held in Downing Street between 4pm and 6pm and lasts 30 to 60 minutes.

On weekdays, the briefings usually start at 5pm sharp.

The briefings have been ongoing since March 16.

Who will host today's briefing?

The information regarding which Government official will be chairing the Easter Sunday conference is yet to be released.

Boris Johnson was hosting the daily updates, until March 27 when he confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputising for the Prime Minister as he recovers and has also led daily press conferences.

Other top officials to host the briefings include Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Michael Gove.

Who hosted yesterday's briefing and what happened?

On Saturday, for the first time, Home Secretary Priti Patel delivered her first briefing to the nation.

She was joined by Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council and Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England.

She said the Government's priority was to slow the spread of the virus, "so that fewer people are sick at any one time and our brilliant NHS remains able to do cope".

"As this virus continues to devastate families across the nation my thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with their family, friends and loved ones," she continued.

The Home Secretary also said police would act if rules were broken, adding: "If you don't follow the guidance you will be endangering the lives of your own friends, family and loved ones.

"There is just one simple thing we ask you all to do: that is to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

P>rof Stephen Powis said that patients with non-coronavirus related concerns should still attend hospital.

"The NHS is open for business and capable of managing people with a wide range of illness," he said.

He also revealed that drug treatment could come BEFORE a vaccination.

How can I watch the daily coronavirus press briefings?

You can watch the government's daily press briefings using a live stream on our YouTube channel.

You can also follow live updates on the conference and the coronavirus in the UK through our live blog.

On TV, the press conferences are broadcast live on BBC News.

Why is the government holding daily briefings?

Boris Johnson and his senior cabinet ministers had been criticised for a lack of regular updates into what is happening with the coronavirus outbreak.

Among them was Sir Keir Starmer – the new Labour leader – who called for daily press conferences.

The Shadow Secretary said he was “deeply concerned” that “ministers have been failing in their responsibilities to provide consistent and transparent public health advice”.

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What time is today’s coronavirus press conference and how can I watch it? – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS is keeping the British public in lockdown as the death toll continues to rise.

And to keep the nation informed of the latest developments and measures on COVID-19,  the government's top officials have been hosting a press conference on a daily basis.

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What time is the press conference today?

Today's press conference begins at 4pm and will be broadcast live by most news channels, including the BBC.

It is normally held in Downing Street between 4pm and 6pm and lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

The briefings have been ongoing since March 16.

Who will host today's briefing?

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, will host today's daily press conference.

Who hosted yesterday's briefing and what happened?

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock chaired Friday's briefing and urged the nation to maintain social-distancing.

After some Brits flouted the rules today he encouraged "everyone to stay at home".

As for NHS workers, he announced there is the capacity to test key social carers and NHS staff for Covid-19

Mr Hancock also used the address to update the public on Mr Johnson's health and said the Prime Minister's "condition continues to improve."

He added: "Our amazing NHS staff have given our PM the very best care possible, in the same way they'd give anyone the best care possible.

"It doesn't matter who you are, the NHS is there to care for you."

The health secretary said that 19 NHS heroes have died in Britain’s fight against coronavirus.

He also said that there was enough Personal protecion equipment (PPE) for the NHS if it was "used correctly".

Me Hancock announced a new online portal for ordering equipment in real time, which will be rolled out in the next three weeks.

How can I watch the daily coronavirus press briefings?

You can watch the government's daily press briefings using a live stream on our YouTube channel.

You can also follow live updates on the conference and the coronavirus in the UK through our live blog.

On TV, the press conferences are broadcast live on BBC News.

Why is the government holding daily briefings?

Boris Johnson and his senior cabinet ministers had been criticised for a lack of regular updates into what is happening with the coronavirus outbreak.

Among them was Sir Keir Starmer – a candidate to become the next Labour leader – who called for daily press conferences.

The Shadow Secretary said he was “deeply concerned” that “ministers have been failing in their responsibilities to provide consistent and transparent public health advice”.

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