What time is today's coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, May 20 and who is speaking?

A CULTURE SECRETARY Oliver Dowden chaired today's press conference in 10 Downing Street.

The coronavirus briefings are held on a daily basis to provide an update to the nation with regards to how the government are tackling the Covid-19 crisis and what the public should do to protect themselves..

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What was said in today's press briefing?

Mr Dowden hosted the coronavirus press briefing alongside National Medical Director for England in the NHS, Stephen Powis.

In his opening address, the Culture Secretary revealed that the number of deaths rose by 363, taking the total up to 35,704 in the UK.

He reiterated that the Queen's Birthday Honours' List would be held off until the autumn to allow to recognise those bravely battling the coronavirus – including Captain Tom Moore who will receive a knighthood.

Mr Dowden also revealed that over £70m has been raised and is being distributed by Comic Relief, Children in Need and the National Emergencies Trust.

The Culture Secretary also revealed £200m will be handed out to support the smaller local charities helping in the coronavirus fight.

Meanwhile, a renewal task force will be set up this week, formed of top people in the creative, tech and sporting sectors.

They will advise different areas on how to get back up and running, with former Arsenal and England women's footballer Alex Scott among them, helping get sport back safely for clubs, players and fans.

What time was today's coronavirus press conference?

The briefing was held today at 5pm at 10 Downing Street.

Since March 16, the Government has held these meetings on a daily basis.

In the briefings, officials reveal the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.

How can I watch it?

The briefings are broadcast live by the BBC.

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

Also, by following our coronavirus live blog, you will be kept up to date on what is being said at the press conference.

Who were today's speakers?

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden chaired the press conference, where he commented on charities, along with various sectors of sport and media.

Alongside him was regular panellist Professor Stephen Powis, who is the National Director for England in the National Health Service.

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