Posted on May 2020 By Aaron Liffen
Today's government coronavirus conference was for the second day in a row led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, alongside Jonathan Van Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England & Dido Harding, who heads up the UK’s test and trace programme. Today's briefing follows on from the Commons Liaison Committee.
Key points to take away from today's speech are:
He announces 37,460 people in the UK have now died with coronavirus - an increase of 412 deaths since yesterday.
Mr Hancock says the NHS test and trace scheme, to begin in England tomorrow, will allow the government to replace the nationwide lockdown with more targeted action.
Mr Hancock announces a further expansion of coronavirus testing, with under-5s now eligible. Meaning all who are symptomatic with coronavirus are now eligible for tests.
Mr Hancock reiterates that it is people's "civic duty" to isolate themselves if they are contacted by an NHS contact-tracer from 9am tomorrow.
Baroness Dido Harding, who is leading the test and trace scheme, is now setting out how it will work, as she displays the below graphic:
Jonathan Van Tam takes us through the latest figures:
To read a brief summary of last night's points and important measures click here.