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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