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Day 81: 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 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who was joined by Sir Peter Hendy who chairs Britain's railway infrastructure operator Network Rail.

220,057 tests were carried out in the 24 hours up to 9am today (Thursday), meaning there have been 5,005,565 overall. A total of 1,805 new cases have been confirmed, taking the UK’s total since the outbreak began to 281,661.

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

  • There were 505 new hospital admissions for the virus on 2 June, an increase from 475 on 26 May.

  • There have now been 39,904 deaths of people with the coronavirus in hospitals, care homes and in the community, an increase of 176 from Wednesday’s total.

  • Grant Shapps says the figures show that COVID-19 is still a "very real threat" the "fight still goes on to defeat it".

  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the next easing of the lockdown is set for 15 June

  • Grant Shapps says face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from 15 June.

  • Grant Shapps says you can be refused travel if you do not comply - and could face a fine. But he says he expects the "vast majority" of people will adhere to the new rule.

  • Shapps says people on crowded beaches should stay two metres away from each other. "The message could not be clearer," he says.

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