What did Dominic Raab say in today's coronavirus press briefing?

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab held Monday's coronavirus press conference to update the public on the latest developments.

The briefing has been happening every day since the UK was placed on lockdown in March.

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What was said at today's coronavirus press briefing?

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned that the UK must prepare to live with coronavirus for several years, and that the country may only be rid of the deadly bug once a vaccine is developed.

He also said the UK must prepare for a possible second wave of Covid-19 this autumn and winter.

Mr Raab also warned that it was "not sustainable" to keep Brits in lockdown, and said it was a situation the government was watching "very closely".

What time was the coronavirus press briefing today?

The Government's daily press briefing was held at 5pm, which is the usual time it takes place.

The update is held at Downing Street.

These conferences have been taking place every day since March 16.

Lockdown was been in place since March 23.

Who was speaking?

Dominic Raab chaired today's press briefing.

He was accompanied by deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, his deputy Dr Jenny Harries and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are among the regular speakers.

The briefings give the public and press the chance to ask questions about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

What happened at yesterday's briefing?

Business Secretary Alok Sharma chaired the coronavirus press briefing on Sunday, May 17.

Mr Sharma revealed a global licensing deal has been signed between AstraZeneca and Oxford University to get 30million doses of the coranavirus vaccine for the UK.

This means that nearly half of the UK population could get the vaccine by September.

He also announced an £84million injection of cash for Oxford University and Imperial to scale up production of their ground-breaking potential vaccines.

It was also revealed that May 17 saw the lowest daily rise in coronavirus deaths since lockdown began, with 170 people dying from the virus.

Where can I watch it?

The press conference can be watched live on the BBC.

It can also be watched on the Government's official YouTube page.

You can also follow our coronavirus live blog where we will be reporting on what is said at the briefing.


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