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Day 71: Key points from today's conference

Posted on May 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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Today's government coronavirus conference was led by  the PM Boris Johnson on a day where chief adviser, Dominic Cummings released a public statement from Downing Street regarding his movements during the lockdown. Today the PM was joined by Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England.

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

  • Coronavirus deaths now 36,914 - up 121 from yesterday. The figure includes deaths in all settings. The 'R number' remains below 1.

  • Outdoor markets can reopen from 1 June - and car showrooms.

  • 15 June - non-essential shops can open if they are "COVID secure".

  • Yvonne Doyle takes us through the figures

  • Yvonne Doyle on quarantine plans: Unwell people coming into country will be followed up by contact tracing service.

  • PM: People "will have to make their minds up" about Mr Cummings' actions, but "reasonable people" can't disagree with his motivation for doing what he did. He is reluctant to be drawn further on Mr Cummings' actions after his explanation earlier, but says he does not believe anyone in Number 10 has undermined the government's health message.

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