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Day 22: Key points from today's conference

Posted on April 2020 By Jamie Southwell

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was covering tonight's conference in replacement for Johnson's absence, he was joined by Prof Chris Whitty the Chief Medical Officer for England, and Prof Dame Angela McLean the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence.

Just last night the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital after having began his initial isolation period at the end of last month and consistently showing on-going symptoms, however we were reassured during the conference that 'he is in good spirits' and will still continue to lead the government.

Key points to take away from today's speech are:

  • "These figures are a powerful reminder of why we need everyone to follow the government's guidance." says Dominic Raab as the death toll accelerates to 5,373.

  • The government is continuing their efforts to bring back British citizens trapped outside of the country, having already brought back 200,000 nationals from Spain, 13,000 from Egypt, 8,000 from Indonesia, and a further 2,000 in 7 different countries.

  • Prof Chris Whitty gave us an update on whether the restrictions set in place to prevent people from socialising, will end anytime soon, saying it's "too early" to discuss such a thing when the virus hasn't reached it's peak.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 51,608, with that being 3,802 new cases since yesterday. Total number of deaths is now at 5,373.

To read a brief summary of last night's points and important measures click here.

Here's the full conference, courtesy of Global News: