What time is the coronavirus briefing today and will Boris Johnson chair it? – The Sun

THE daily coronavirus press briefing will be held by the Government today (April 28) between 4pm and 6pm, according to Downing Street.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will deliver the address to the nation, which is intended to inform Brits on the measures being taken to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

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What time is the coronavirus press briefing today?

A senior member of the Government will address the nation at 5pm, according to No10.

The daily updates are usually held at Downing Street.

These conferences have been taking place daily since March 16.

Who is speaking and what will be said?

The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock is expected to chair today's coronavirus press conference.

The conference is usually co-chaired by experts from various communities including scientific and medical who also provide updates and guidance.

Today's briefing comes after it was revealed that deaths in the UK as a result of the virus could be 54 per cent higher than reported.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 22,300 coronavirus deaths in and outside of hospitals up to April 17.

However, these were registered to April 25.

Also, the prime minister, Boris Johnson in his first public speech after battling coronavirus said the country is in a "moment of maximum risk".

He told the nation that lifting the lockdown might throw away the "efforts" and "sacrifice" of the British people.

The Health Secretary could face further questions on when Government plans on lifting the lockdown measures as a result of the PM's speech.

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How can I watch it?

The BBC as usual, will broadcast the press conference live.

It can also be watched on the Government's official YouTube account.

Our live coronavirus blog will provide updates and reports of what is said in the briefing.

What was said at Monday's briefing?

Matt Hancock chaired the briefing on Monday, April 27.

In the conference, he insisted lockdown measures are still needed to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

He also announced the NHS insurance scheme, which is a £60k payment which will be made to the families of NHS staff who die on the frontline.

So far, 82 NHS workers along with 16 social care workers have died as a result of coronavirus.

Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Adviser co-chaired the briefing and said there was still no plausible antibody test available.

He elaborated that there was no antibody test good enough to tell an individual, whether they have had it or not.

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