Downing Street to give daily TV updates on coronavirus

From Monday, Boris Johnson or a senior minister will address the media to ensure people are informed about how to protect themselves from the coronavirus, it has emerged.

The government are to hold daily televised press conferences to keep the public informed, similiar to President Trump in the US.

It follows criticism of Johnson for an apparent lack of transparency over his plans to stem the spread of the virus.

A Downing Street spokesperson said the government is “committed” to keeping the public informed about what it is doing to fight the spread of the virus, and will always be led by science to “bring forward the right responses at the right time”.

Mr Johnson will host the press conference on Monday, alongside Prof Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical adviser, and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

The PM or a senior minister will then hold each subsequent daily briefing, and answer media questions, while supported by a range of medical and scientific experts, No 10 said.

The announcement of daily updates comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the over-70s will soon be asked to stay at home for an extended period to protect themselves.

A total of 35 people have died in the UK after contracting Covid-19.

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