What time is today's coronavirus press briefing on Thursday, May 21 and who is speaking?

THE British Government will today (May 21) update the nation on measures being taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic in its daily press briefing.

A senior member of the Government will provide the update at 5pm, according to Downing Street.

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What time is today’s coronavirus press briefing?

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

The conferences are usually held at Downing Street and also gives the press an opportunity to quiz the Government on its handling of the crisis.

Since March 16, these updates have been a daily occurrence.

It gives the media and public a chance to ask questions.


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Who is speaking?

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, or a senior member of the Government will chair the briefing.

The aim of the conferences is to give updates on how various departments of Government is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Officials from various communities including health, scientific and policing often co-chair, providing advice and information on how their departments is supporting the government in its bid to return the country to normal.

The briefing follows reports that Boris Johnson is set to launch the new track and trace app by June 1.

The app is intended to quickly identify new coronavirus sufferers in order to isolate them.

Also, questions still remain whether schools will reopen on June 1, as suggested by the government.

This comes after some unions and councils have criticised the Government’s date saying it is too soon.

Travel is set to resume next month with Easyjet beginning operations next month, while following safety precautions.

Meanwhile, the Government has cautioned the public not to purchase antibody tests which are not approved by Public Health England after Superdrug made tests available.

How can I watch it?

The press briefing can be watched live on the BBC.

You can also watch it on the Government's official YouTube page.

Our coronavirus live blog will also provide updates on what is being said at the conference.

What was said in Wednesday’s press conference?

On Wednesday, May 20, culture secretary, Oliver Dowden chaired the Government’s press conference alongside Professor Stephen Powis, England’s NHS National Director.

In this update, Mr Dowden revealed that the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List will be postponed to the autumn so people who are battling coronavirus can be recognised.

This will include Captain Tom Moore who will receive a knighthood.

Comic Relief, Children in Need and the National Emergencies Trust are also distributing £70million of funds raised in the fight against the virus, according to the culture secretary.

He also said £200million will be allocated to smaller local charities supporting the battle against the disease.

Mr Dowden also disclosed that a renewal task force which will advise different sectors including tech, sporting and creative on how to get back to normal again.

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