When is the next Covid announcement? Latest updates and how to watch live

GOVERNMENT news conferences have been offering the public up to date information on the national effort against coronavirus.

As the UK continues to ease out of restrictions, the country eagerly awaits an update from No.10. So when is the next Covid announcement due to take place?

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When is the next coronavirus announcement?

Currently, there has been no announcement as to when the next coronavirus press conference will be held.

They are usually held by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson or a senior member of his Cabinet, such as Health Secretary Matt Hancock or Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Whichever government minister is holding the press conference at the time they are usually accompanied by two senior health or science experts.

When did the Government's Covid updates start?

The very first UK Downing Street Covid-19 press conference was held on Monday 16 March.

The PM appeared with England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, and the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

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 due to “significantly lower viewing figures” as the effects of the pandemic eased.

On June 23, the daily briefings were dropped after Boris 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?

Boris Johnson often leads the Downing Street press conferences although senior Cabinet ministers can also take charge.

Mr Johnson and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock have been the most regular leaders of the briefings since they returned at the start of the year.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has also lead a number of updates.

The government figure is normally 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.

Mr 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.

Pubs and restaurants can now offer outdoor seating with table service, but social distancing and the Rule of Six will stay in place.

May 17

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.

June 21

Vaccine passports are set to be introduced within months to get football matches, holidays, and packed pubs back.

A plan published by No 10 yesterday suggests the Government is on course to introduce Covid certificates in time for the end of lockdown on June 21.

Under the plan landlords may be forced to demand proof of vaccination from punters if they want to drop crippling social distancing rules.

Nightclubs will be allowed to welcome party-goers for the first time since last March.

It is also hoped restrictions round weddings will also be scrapped, with a decision due to be taken nearer the time based on the numbers of deaths and the success of the vaccination rollout.

Boris warned it is "still too soon to know what is possible" due to the risk of allowing Covid variants into the country and the date is not set in stone.

How 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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