World News – GB – Downing Street hits 100th coronavirus press conference


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Boris Johnson will be joined by his medical and scientific advisers later for a coronavirus press conference the 100th briefing since the pandemic hit the UK

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the chief medical officer of the English professor Chris Whitty and the chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance the initial programming of the briefing dating back to the first press conference which took place in Downing Street on March 16

Much has happened since that first briefing six months ago, with the UK death toll currently standing at over 42,000

M Johnson spoke of the need for ‘drastic action’ to fight against the « rapid growth » of the coronavirus at the first press

Professor Whitty said measures to control the spread of the disease should be in place for an « extended period » as an early sign that normal life will change for some time

Three days later, on March 19, Mr. Johnson says UK can ‘turn the tide’ of the coronavirus outbreak in the next 12 weeks if people take the precautionary measures the government has outlined

On that day 28 weeks ago, the Prime Minister said: « I am aware that as time goes by people will want to know how long we expect them to continue

– I think, looking at all of this, that we can turn the tide in the next 12 weeks and I have absolutely no doubts that we can send coronavirus packaging to this country

– But only if we take all the steps we have outlined this is vital, this is how we will reduce the peak and once we have achieved this goal and I think we will , if we take the steps I have said, then the scientific advancements that we have made will really start to come into playâ ????

During the June 16 briefing, in response to a question from a reporter about turning the tide within 12 weeks, Mr. Johnson said, “I said we were going to turn the tide, and I really think we did, within 12 weeksâ €”

But alas, the Prime Minister and his advisers will once again step onto their podium in Downing Street later today

It is not known if anything particularly significant will be announced, but on Tuesday the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “The aim is to provide an update on the latest statistics. It is not because that there is a specific set of new announcements to be made ??

Daily briefings ended on June 23, and the public said briefings would only be held in the future to « coincide with important announcements »

Since then there have been seven coronavirus briefings, with Wednesday being the eighth since the daily briefings stopped and the 100th overall

M Johnson made his coronavirus briefing podium debut on March 16, and today will be the 21st time he has led the press conference

He might have managed more if he hadn’t been struck down by Covid-19 himself, falling so ill he was transferred to intensive care after his symptoms worsened on April 6

This week again, M Johnson said he was as ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’, dismissing assumptions he had not made a full recovery

Other ministers had led the briefing before Mr. Johnson did fall ill, but at this point the government had no choice but to send other ministers to brief the nation and answer questions from the press

Overall, Health Secretary Matt Hancock led the most briefings with a total of 24, the Prime Minister is in second place, while Foreign Minister Dominic Raab is in third place after leading 12

Rishi Sunak, Robert Jenrick, Michael Gove, Grant Shapps, George Eustice, Gavin Williamson, Oliver Dowden and Alok Sharma all led under 10 each

Home Secretary Priti Patel led the fewest briefings with just three in total, making the dozens of press conferences very male-dominated

The only woman to appear as often as other men was England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries, who has been on the podium 20 times

Overall, including both politicians and experts, a total of 24 men appeared at the briefings and only 11 women

Following revelations that his chief assistant Dominic Cummings traveled 260 miles during the lockdown, Mr. Johnson decided to take the lead in the press conference on Sunday May 24 to defend Councilor Number 10

Reports later followed that England’s chief nurse Ruth May was removed from appearing at one of the briefings when she refused to support Mr. Cummings decision to take his family to stay with his parents… farm in County Durham

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was forced to deny the information during the June 12 press conference

The briefings have undergone a few changes since their inception – ???? jerks, the introduction of questions from the audience and slogans on the podium

At first the slogan on the podium was ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’, move on to ‘Stay vigilant, control the virus, save lives’ ????, and the most recent message displayed on the podium is « Hands, face, space »

Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick are now household names after being beamed in living rooms across the country since the pandemic hit the UK

But the conservatives criticized the couple and they were accused of trying to ‘terrify’ British

Former minister Sir Desmond Swayne claimed it was a ‘dismissal offense’ for the pair to make a presentation earlier this month to warn that 200 or more people in the UK could die every day in mid-November if the current rate of infection is not stopped

But they will be at the Prime Minister’s side again later today to provide a new update on the UK coronavirus pandemic

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