THE coronavirus press briefing has become a daily occurrence since the UK was placed on lockdown in March.

During these conferences, the government officials and health experts answer questions from the public and press on the pandemic.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

What happened at today's briefing?

Opening places of worship

Mr Jenrick revealed the government was in talks with places of worship to discuss when and how faith houses could reopen.

On relaxing lockdown measures, he said the opening of venues would be done with "caution".

He explained: "As we begin to recover, it's essential we cautiously open up parts of our economy where it's safe to do so".

However, he inisisted social distaning guideline will remain in place.

"The social distancing measures remain critical in our efforts to control the virus," he said.

Moving house

The Housing Secretary announced anyone in England could move houses frome today.

But he made it clear open house viewings "should not be taking place".

He also discouraged speculative viewings where "buyers or tenants are not serious".

Care homes

Mr Jenrick said care homes are at "the absolute heart of all the work we are now doing across government".

He announced £600m fund for care homes to help implement some of the measures on top of the £3.2bn give to care homes in the last two months to local councils.

The MP for Newark said the government want to make sure "care homes are financially sustainable".

Schools reopening

The Secretary of State explained how the government is working with trade unions to ensure schools reopen as soon as possible.

Mr Jenrick stressed the importance of children returning to the classroom.

"It's important we get children back into the school setting," he began.

"We will keep working with the trades unions, our door is always open to them."

What time was the briefing today?

The Government's daily coronavirus press briefing was held at its usual time of 5pm today.

The press conferences are held at Downing Street.

These conferences have been taking place daily since March 16.

They include an update from a senior minister as well as health and science advisers.

Who were the speakers?

The speakers for today's press conference are Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and Deputy CMO Jenny Harries.

Each day, a senior government official updates the public and answers questions about the ongoing pandemic.

The conference is co-chaired by experts and officials from the health and scientific communities who also give updates on how their various departments is supporting the Government.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, his deputy Dr Jenny Harries and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have been regular additions to the briefings.

How to watch?

The press conference is shown on the BBC each day, live from Downing Street.

However, the conference can also be watched on the Government's official YouTube account.

In addition, our live coronavirus blog provides updates and reports of what is said during the briefing.

What happened yesterday?

Business Secretary Alok Sharma gave the May 12, 2020, daily press briefing on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He was joined by NHS England Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis and Health and Safety Executive CEO Sarah Albon.

Mr Sharma said the government was providing an "enormous amount of support" to businesses and individuals, and highlighted the the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme.

He received criticism for how he handled the questioning at the briefing, with members of the public pointing out that Mr Sharma chose to answer his own set of questions rather than the ones put to him.

On social media platform Twitter, one user described his performance as "a new low".


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