The Sun : What time is today’s coronavirus press briefing on Thursday, May 21 and who is speaking?

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THE British Government will today (May 21) update the nation on measures being taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic in its daily press briefing.

A senior member of the Government will provide the update at 5pm, according to Downing Street.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock will lead the coronavirus briefing on Thursday, May 21
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What time is today's coronavirus press briefing?

According to No10, the coronavirus press briefing will be held today at 5pm.

The conferences are usually held at Downing Street and also gives the press an opportunity to quiz the Government on its handling of the crisis.

Since March 16, these updates have been a daily occurrence.

It gives the media and public a chance to ask questions.


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Who is speaking?

Today's press briefing will be chaired by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

He will be informing the public on the latest surrounding the antibody tests, which are expected to be made available to NHS staff first.

Brits have already been warned about antibody tests, with National Director for England in the NHS, Stephen Powis telling the public in Wednesday's conference to not purchase any that are not approved by Public Health England.

This follows the sale of antibody tests by Superdrug.

Mr Hancock will be joined by officials from various communities including health, scientific and policing, as they provide extensive advice and information on how their departments are supporting the government in its bid to return the country to normal.

The briefing could also reveal further plans for the new track and trace app which is set to launch by June 1.

The app is intended to quickly identify new coronavirus sufferers in order to isolate them.

Also, questions still remain whether schools will reopen on June 1, as suggested by the government.

This comes after some unions and councils have criticised the Government's date saying it is too soon.

Travel is set to resume next month with Easyjet beginning operations next month, while following safety precautions.

How can I watch it?

The press briefing can be watched live on the BBC.

You can also watch it on the Government's official YouTube page.

Our coronavirus live blog will also provide updates on what is being said at the conference.

What was said in Wednesday's press conference?

On Wednesday, May 20, culture secretary, Oliver Dowden chaired the Government's press conference alongside Professor Stephen Powis, England's NHS National Director.

In this update, Mr Dowden revealed that the Queen's Birthday Honour's List will be postponed to the autumn so people who are battling coronavirus can be recognised.

This will include Captain Tom Moore who will receive a knighthood.

Comic Relief, Children in Need and the National Emergencies Trust are also distributing £70million of funds raised in the fight against the virus, according to the culture secretary.

He also said £200million will be allocated to smaller local charities supporting the battle against the disease.

Mr Dowden also disclosed that a renewal task force which will advise different sectors including tech, sporting and creative on how to get back to normal again.

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