Daily Update: What did Dominic Raab say in today’s coronavirus briefing? – The Sun

THE Government's daily press briefing about the coronavirus crisis will takes place every evening around 5pm.

Dominic Raab, the First Secretary of State, gave the daily update on the country's battle against Covid-19.

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What did Dominic Raab say at the coronavirus press briefing?

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and deputy Chief Scientific Adviser Angela McLean spoke to the media and members of the public from 10 Downing Street, where daily briefings have been held since March 16.

Dominic Raab announced that the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK in hospitals, care homes and the community has increased by 693 to reach a total of 29,427.

He added that the next phase of the coronavirus crisis “won't be easy”.

He says: “As we go forward, we want to make sure the next phase is more comfortable, is more sustainable.

“But we need to be under no illusions: the next phase won't be easy.”

Raab confirmed that the update on the lockdown measures will come later this week.

He says that “later on this week the PM will update the country”, but added that the country will need to adapt to “a new normal”.

The Foreign Secretary warned that cyber criminals are exploiting the coronavirus crisis, and targeting organisations who are helping in the fight against the pandemic.

He says that the government are “aware of the cyber threat” and will “take steps to mitigate the harm”.

It comes as the UK's coronavirus death toll passes 29,000 after England recorded another 366 deaths in hospital today.

The official number of people in Britain who have died after testing positive for coronavirus has risen to 29,100 after NHS England announced the new deaths – but the real total may be much higher.

And today Rishi Sunak has begun detailed planning on how to "wind down" the Government's subsidised furlough scheme without causing a "cliff edge".

One of the options being considered by the Chancellor is cutting the wage subsidy down to 60 per cent to encourage people to look for new jobs.

During the briefing Professor Jonathan Van-Tam outlined the government’s five test criteria, which would need to be met before relaxing lockdown restrictions.

These five tests are:

  1. NHS has sufficient capacity to provide critical care and treatment

  2. Sustained and consistent fall in daily deaths

  3. Rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels

  4. Testing and PPE are in hand and able to meet future demand

  5. Confident any adjustments to current measures will not risk a second wave

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