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Covid announcment: What time is Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance’s press conference today?


TODAY Britain will be addressed by top scientists Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, amid fears of a second lockdown.

The experts are expected to say in a televised speech that the UK is at a "critical point".

What time is Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance's press conference today?

Prof Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, will issue a Doomsday warning that the nation is in the grip of a second wave today at 11am.

In an unprecedented move, they will address the nation without a minister alongside them.

What will Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance's annoucement be about?

They are expected to explain the current situation on how the virus is spreading and will set out "potential scenarios" for the months ahead.

Prof Whitty will say in the address set to start at 11am: “The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic.

"We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period.”

They will not be joined by Boris Johnson or any members of the cabinet and will not be taking questions from journalists.

A Downing Street source said: “Infection rates are going up, we are in the grip of a second Covid wave and we’re now in the last-chance saloon.

“The Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer will set out the latest data and the stark reality we’re now facing.”

How can I watch the announcement live?

The press conference will be shown on the BBC 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 on what is said during the briefing.

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