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Day 89: 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 NHS England's medical director Prof Stephen Powis, and Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail.

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

  • Mr Shapps has shared a slide showing there is an estimated average number of 33,000 people with COVID-19 in the community and takes us through the other slides.

  • Mr Shapps said the scientific advisory group for emergencies (SAGE) has said the estimated R rate for the UK is unchanged from last week at 0.7 to 0.9

  • Mr Shapps has said transport operators will be able to refuse permission to travel to people who aren't wearing a face covering

  • Mr Shapps has said remembering to wear a face covering on public transport is "essential"

  • "Remembering your face covering should be the same as picking up your phone, your wallet or your purse whenever you're leaving your house." says Shapps

  • Mr Shapps says: "We want to make sure jobs aren't lost where the businesses are just experiencing downturns because they've been closed these last few weeks... we will absolutely be coming forward with plans making sure we are protecting jobs and making sure people can get back into employment." 

  • The transport secretary told the Friday briefing that he expected Ruth May would be appearing again at future briefings. "I don't think it is true. She has attended them many times before. I notice that at the top of the No 10 Twitter feed I see one of her tweets pinned," he said. "I am absolutely sure she has been a regular contributor before and I am sure she will be back here again."

  • Asked about a local lockdown by Sky's Ashish Joshi, he told the Downing Street briefing: "I wouldn't want to rule anything out but I think probably that South West figure today isn't quite as being reported. "I think not to be overly alarmed because as Professor Steve Powis said it was actually the top of a range which had a number of others that showed it was below 1."

  • Grant Shapps reminds people that it will be mandatory for people to wear face coverings on public transport from Monday as the briefing comes to an end.

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