Who is speaking at today’s government coronavirus press briefing? – The Sun


THE government will hold the latest coronavirus press conference virtually from Downing Street today.

Prime minister Boris Johnson will be speaking on Thursday with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Davies.

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Who is speaking at today's coronavirus press briefing?

Thursday's briefing will see Rishi Sunak unveil the government's new measures to help the self-employed.

Downing Street announced that the conference will take place virtually, which means no media will be present and that they will dial in with questions.

The briefing is expected to commence at around 4.30pm.

What happened in yesterday's briefing?

Prime minister Johnson addressed the nation on Wednesday ordering them to follow government rules and stay at home to save lives.

The main pieces of information to come out of the briefing were:

  • 405,000 people have signed up to volunteer with the NHS.
  • Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty blamed global shortages for the fact the government is not carrying out more coronavirus tests.
  • Whitty said the coronavirus pandemic was "probably manageable" for the NHS if people obeyed the rules.
  • Boris Johnson said he was willing to introduce legislation to outlaw profiteering.

Who has previously spoken alongside Boris Johnson?

The prime minister has usually spoken while being flanked with two of his advisers or cabinet members.

The list of previous speakers at the coronavirus daily briefing is:

March 25: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer), Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor).

March 24: Matt Hancock (Health Secretary), Dr Jenny Harries (Deputy Chief Medical Officer), Professor Stephen Powis (NHS England Medical Director).

March 23: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister).

March 22: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Robert Jenrick (Housing Secretary), Dr Jenny Harries (Deputy Chief Medical Officer).

March 21: George Eustice (Environment Secretary), Helen Dickinson (British Retail Consortium Chief Executive), Stephen Powis (NHS England Medical Director).

March 20: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer), Dr Jenny Harries (Deputy Chief Medical Officer).

March 19: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer), Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor).

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March 18: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor), Dr Jenny Harries (Deputy Chief Medical Officer).

March 17: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer), Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor).

March 16: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer), Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Scientific Advisor).

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