What time is the coronavirus press briefing today, Monday May 25, and who is speaking? – The Sun
THE coronavirus press briefing takes place each day with the government addressing the nation from Downing Street.
These daily updates are used to inform the public of the latest figures, information and developments in the battle against COVID-19. But who will chair today's conference and what time does it begin?
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What time is today's coronavirus press briefing?
The government's daily coronavirus briefing will be held at 5pm today.
The press conferences are held at Downing Street.
These conferences have been taking place daily since March 16.
The briefing gives the nation the latest news in the coronavirus battle.
Who is speaking?
It is not yet clear who will lead today's Downing Street press conference.
Various MPs chair the briefings on rotation, with previous speakers including the prime minister, health secretary Matt Hancock, home secretary Priti Patel, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, transport minister Grant Shapps, business secretary Alok Sharma and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab.
Government officials are accompanied by health experts to answer questions from the government about the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, his deputy Jonathan Van-Tam, Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have been regular additions to the briefings.
How can I watch it?
The press conference is shown on the BBC each day, live from Downing Street.
However, the conference can also be watched on the government's official YouTube account.
In addition, our live coronavirus blog provides updates and reports on what is said during the briefing.
What was said in Sunday's press conference?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired Sunday’s coronavirus press conference alongside NHS England's medical director Stephen Powis.
The PM defended his top aide Dominic Cummings and refused to ask him to quit despite a growing backlash from his own MPs.
Speaking at his third Downing Street press conference since leaving hospital, Mr Johnson insisted he had taken the allegations extremely seriously.
He said: "It is because I take this matter so seriously, and it is so serious, that I can tell you today that I've had extensive face-to-face conversations with Dominic Cummings.
"I've concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.
"Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation, thereafter, some of the palpably false.
"I believe that in every respect that he has acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming aim of stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives."
The PM said he believes England is in position to move to phase two of the lockdown easing of restrictions, which would see Reception, Year One and Year Six pupils return to school from June 1.
Boris said: "Today I can confirm I do believe we will be in the position to move to step two of the plan.”
He also confirmed schools would reopen from June 1.
Children in early years, reception, year one and year six classes will return first, he said.
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"Today, I can announce our intention to go ahead with that as planned on June 1 – a week on Monday," he added.
"We then intend from June 15 for secondary schools to provide some contact for year 10 and 12 students to help them prepare for exams next year."
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