Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation for the 100th coronavirus press conference today. He spoke alongside England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and the Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. But are the Government’s coronavirus daily briefings returning?
Public Health England confirmed 7,108 new cases of coronavirus across the UK on Wednesday, September 30.
This is the second day the number of new cases in the UK surpassed 7,000 in total, with Tuesday being the highest number of new daily cases since the outbreak began.
The PM spoke to these rising figures and addressed lockdown measures at the coronavirus conference on Wednesday.
Speaking from the House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said he “misspoke” when asked to clarify details about new coronavirus restrictions across north-east England.
Since June 23, new COVID-19 infections have started to increase rapidly once again.
Mr Johnson did not confirm a specific timeframe for these regular updates.
But political experts and commentators reveal their expectations these briefings will be undertaken on a weekly basis, not daily as was the case earlier this year.
Downing Street declined to say how often the new series of press conferences will be and batted aside reports they will be weekly, but many experts have guessed about this weekly regularity on social media.
Mr Johnson’s 5pm update on September 30 came amid mounting anger about the Government’s communication with the public.
In August, one social media tweeted: “If this is an important message it should be delivered at a daily briefing not social media or the press. You and @borisjohnson should take this whole thing more seriously. You know the importance of communication and trust. This is constructive feedback please take as such.”
Earlier this month, another person wrote:”Surely time for a weekly briefing please @BorisJohnson and @MattHancock. Currently the vast majority of the population have completely forgotten social distancing along with all other confusing guidelines. Time for simplification, clarification and communication please.”
One Twitter user added: “Hay @BorisJohnson @10DowningStreet just watching the Scottish briefing on TV. Raises a couple of questions. 1 Why are we not having more frequent briefings as one complaint is communication is inconsistent. 2 Scotland have a working T&T app, why can we not adopt that in England”.