When is the next Covid announcement? Latest updates and how to watch live
REGULAR updates on the coronavirus pandemic have been supplied by the government's news conferences.
As the UK continues to ease out of restrictions, the country eagerly awaits an update from No10. So when is the next Covid announcement due to take place?
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When is the next coronavirus announcement?
The Prime Minister said a review of the data at the end of June would help them to decide the lifting of restrictions on July 5.
He will announce if this will be the case to the nation on Monday June 28.
The last major announcement came on Monday 14 June when Boris Johnson told Brits that Freedom Day, which was supposed to take place on June 21, was pushed back.
The new Freedom Day is set to be July 19.
When did the Government's Covid updates start?
The very first UK Downing Street Covid-19 press conference was held on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Boris Johnson appeared with England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
Then a week later on the March 23, the PM used the briefing to announce that the country would be going into lockdown.
Initially they were held on week days with those in attendance giving updates on the figures and insight and explanations for the government's strategy as well as the spread of the virus.
As the crisis deepened updates at the weekend were then introduced but were dropped in May 2020, due to “significantly lower viewing figures” as the effects of the pandemic eased.
On June 23, 2020, the daily briefings were dropped after Mr Johnson announced a number of lockdown measures were easing with the daily updates replaced by ad hoc announcements which would take place when needed.
Who leads the press conferences?
The coronavirus announcements are usually held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson or a senior member of his Cabinet, such as Health Secretary Hancock or Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Johnson and Hancock have been the most regular leaders of the briefings since they returned at the start of 2021.
The Home Secretary has also led a number of updates.
The government figure is accompanied by health or science experts.
Key figures include:
- Boris Johnson
- Matt Hancock
- Priti Patel
- Grant Shapps
- Prof Chris Whitty
- Sir Patrick Vallance
What is the UK's roadmap out of lockdown?
The Prime Minister created a four stage roadmap to take England out of lockdown.
Johnson said the new measures would "cautiously but irreversibly" take the nation out of restrictions which came into force on January 5, 2021.
In the first major easing of restrictions, non-essential shops and hairdressers reopened on April 12.
From this date, Brits were permitted to enjoy a drink in pub beer gardens once again as long as they stay seated.
Rules about ordering food and a 10pm curfew from previous lockdowns did not return.
At this time pubs and restaurants could offer outdoor seating with table service, but social distancing with the Rule of Six in place.
Hairdressers also reopened.
May 17 marked the lifting of many indoor restrictions.
Pubs, cinemas and indoor bingo halls reopened their doors to allow customers inside and fans are able to watch live sport and music at stadiums and arenas, with social distancing.
Outdoor stadiums will be limited to 25 per cent capacity up to 10,000 fans.
Smaller outdoor events will be limited to 50 per cent capacity up to 4,000 fans and indoor events 50 per cent up to 1,000 people.
Wembley Stadium is scheduled to host the semi-finals and final of the delayed Euro 2020 in July.
The number of attendees allowed at weddings rose to 30.
Two households can go away together and stay overnight, but must try to stick to social distancing.
However a traffic light system grading countries on their level of infection danger was confirmed.
Only holidaymakers heading to green countries with good vaccine roll-outs and low Covid rates will be allowed to dodge quarantine.
Hopes were dashed when Boris Johnson delayed Freedom Day by four weeks.
It has now been put back to July 19.
Working from home and social distancing are set to continue for another month after an end to restrictions on June 21 was delayed.
The Sun revealed last night that Boris Johnson is poised to delay Step 4 until July 19 after cases of the Indian variant surged by 240 per cent in just a week.
Under the plan expected to be announced, social distancing rules and the rule-of-six will remain in place, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Rules on face masks are also expected to remain as they are, meaning they will still be needed on public transport and public venues inside.
The limit on numbers allowed into arenas, cinemas, sporting events and theatres would also stay.
Where can I watch the speeches live?
The Downing Street conference usually takes place from 5pm and is broadcast through various formats.
Viewers can watch the presser on the Sun's official YouTube account.
In addition, our live coronavirus blog provides real time updates and reports as details emerge.
Both the BBC and Sky News also follow the action live.
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