Coronavirus: British government scrap daily Downing Street press conferences

The briefings, which have been held on almost every weekday since March 16, will be arranged to ‘coincide with significant announcements’ instead.
Coronavirus: British government scrap daily Downing Street press conferences

The daily Downing Street coronavirus press conference is to be scrapped in favour of ad hoc briefings, the British Government has announced.

Briefings will instead take place to “coincide with significant announcements”, according to a spokesman.

It follows the decision earlier this month to cut the weekend question and answer sessions due to viewing figures being “significantly lower” on Saturdays and Sundays.

We’ll continue to hold press conferences to coincide with significant announcements, including with the Prime Minister

Number 10 has been holding the question and answer sessions, which were reformatted to incorporate questions from the public, since March 16 as the coronavirus outbreak moved swiftly through the UK.

The events looked to be being wound down, however, with Cabinet ministers appearing on their own in recent weeks, no longer flanked by medical and scientific experts.

A Government spokesman said on Tuesday: “From today, the press conferences will no longer be daily.

“We’ll continue to hold press conferences to coincide with significant announcements, including with the Prime Minister.

Deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, made her first press conference appearance in three weeks on Monday (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright)
Deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, made her first press conference appearance in three weeks on Monday (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to lead Tuesday’s press conference, the last of the daily events, after announcing an easing of the lockdown in the House of Commons.

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