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UK News Coronavirus: Downing Street to give daily TV briefings on Covid-19 pandemic

13:55  16 march  2020
13:55  16 march  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The government is to hold daily televised press conferences to update the public on the fight against coronavirus , Downing Street has said. A total of 35 people have died in the UK after contracting Covid - 19 . The PM or a senior minister will host each briefing , and answer media questions, while

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The public will get daily televised updates from the Government on the status of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, Downing Street has said.

Either the Prime Minister or another senior figure will appear on TV to update the nation and face questions from the media.

Downing Street announced there would now be daily briefings after it was accused of not being transparent enough about the Government’s strategy in dealing with Covid-19.

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Ramping up measures

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On Monday, Boris Johnson will chair an emergency meeting of the Cobra committee.

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The UK will have daily updates from either the PM or another senior figure (Photo: Getty)

He is expected to discuss ramping up protective measures across the county - including restricting mass gatherings and asking elderly people to self-isolate.

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Mr Johnson will meet with chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

They will then join him at the press conference in the afternoon where all three are expected to take questions from the media. This, or something similar, will happen every weekday from now on.

'We need clear communication'

The decision to hold televised briefings came after the Government was criticised for the way it has managed its communications strategy since the outbreak of the virus.

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Boris Johnson, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty and Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance hold a news conference (Photo: Getty Images)

Over the weekend Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer said the outbreak of Covid-19 is the most “serious public health crisis our country has faced in a generation” and demanded daily public updates.

“It is more important than ever that the Government is providing clear communication to the public about the steps it is taking to mitigate the impact of the outbreak,” he said.

Sir Keir said he was “deeply concerned” that some journalists appeared to have been briefed anonymously about certain government strategies and said transparency was key.

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He said: “To allow anonymous and speculative briefings to journalists about a significant step-change in the Government’s response to the outbreak is irresponsible. […]

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Sir Keir Starmer demanded daily briefings from the Government (Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty)

“It’s time the Government commits to a daily press conference about its handling of coronavirus.

“This must be hosted by a Government minister or the Prime Minister himself, with experts and advisers available to answer questions as appropriate.”

As the UK death toll reached 35 on Sunday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that over-70s could be told to stay home for up to four months within the "coming weeks”.

Mr Johnson was expected to discuss the proposal, as well as banning mass gatherings and isolating entire households if one member shows symptoms, during the emergency meeting on Monday.

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Matt Hancock, pictured with Mr Johnson, said those over 70 could be advised to remain at home (Photo: Getty Images)

Other plans being considered include handing police powers to detain people with the virus who are not following the advice to protect the wider community by self-isolating.

Mr Johnson is also due to speak with all G7 leaders including US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss a co-ordinated global response to the pandemic.

The Department of Health and Social Care said on Sunday that 14 more patients died after testing positive for the virus, bringing the UK-wide total to 35.

The number of confirmed positive tests reached 1,372, but the true figure of people in the UK with the disease is likely to be far higher.

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