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Day 80: Key points from today's conference

Posted on June 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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Today's daily government coronavirus conference was led by PM Boris Johnson after criticism for the number of times he has appeared to take questions from journalists in recent weeks, with other senior ministers often fronting the events. As usual he was joined by Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government's chief scientific adviser.

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

  • 171,829 tests carried out yesterday. 7,485 people in hospital, down 16% from this time last week. 39,728 total deaths, an increase of 359 since yesterday.

  • Test and trace system is vital in the fight against the virus. It relies on everyone playing their part. We need you to get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms says the PM.

  • Johnson talks about plans to ask anyone arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days - plans outlined by the home secretary earlier. " We must also ensure we don't re-import the virus from abroad meaning maintaining the 14 day quarentine period. We will review the policy after three weeks" he says. 

  • He adds that the government will look at 'air bridges' but only when the evidence says it is safe to do so.

  • The PM says that as the weather worsens, people should not be gathering in other people's homes. To do so, he says, would be to "undermine and reverse all the progress we've made together".

  • Vallance: Because R is relatively close to 1 that means new cases are not coming down fast...giving us little room for manouevre.



  • The PM is asked if people should be booking holidays for any point this summer. Boris Johnson says "I'm not going to give advice on individuals' travel arrangements", pointing to the Foreign Office advice against travel.

  • In regards to the current protests taking place both in the U.S and across europe, the PM says he was "appalled and sickened" by what happened to Mr Floyd, adding that his message to the president and everyone in America would be that "I don't think racism and racist violence has any place in our society".

  • Johnson: "Let's be in no doubt, tragically there will be many many job losses, that is inevitable". Pledges to be "as interventionist in the economy as we have been in the first phase".

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