Banner Default Image
Banner Mobile Image

Day 88: Key points from today's conference

Posted on June 2020 By Aaron Liffen

Blog Img

Today's daily government coronavirus conference was once again led by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was joined by Baroness Dido Harding, who runs the government’s coronavirus test and trace scheme in England. As announced by PM Boris Johnson yesterday evening, today's briefing focused on the results of the Track & Trace App.

Matt Hancock confirms that 151 more people have died with COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the UK total to 41,279.

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

  • Hancock urges people to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms and - if they test positive - to cooperate with the test and trace scheme.

  • "As we work through our plan, and we keep driving this virus down, let us keep that spirit and fortitude," Mr Hancock says. He urges people not to attend large gatherings, including protests.

  • The number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases - as well as hospital admissions - continuing to fall.

  • Baroness Dido Harding, who heads the test and trace scheme, says 8,117 people had their case transferred to the programme after testing positive for COVID-19. Of those, 67% were reached and asked to provide contacts, which led to 31,794 people being identified.

  • Mr Hancock says businesses are able to mitigate against the risk by making sure their workplace is COVID secure. "By being COVID secure at work that helps to ensure fewer people will have to self-isolate if one tests positive," he adds.

  • Mr Hancock says part of the reason for introducing social bubbles was to "give some relief to those in the most difficult circumstances". He adds that those who are not single parents, but are in such a situation are "at top of mind when it comes to what further measures we can take".

  • Hancock 'confident' UK will have 'world-class' test and trace system

  • Hancock says there are some people who don't have symptoms but do have the virus. He adds 70-80% of people who test positive don't have symptoms, according to an ONS study. Finally he adds this highlights the importance of people complying with self-isolation under the test and trace scheme, even if they don't have symptoms.

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