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Is there a coronavirus daily update today?

BRITS have become used to tuning in to the UK's top experts to guide the nation out of lockdown.

So is there a coronavirus daily update today and what are the latest guidelines?

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Is there a coronavirus daily update today?

The government has stood before the media every day to provide the latest developments on COVID-19, normally held between 4pm and 6pm and between 2pm and 4pm over the weekend.

Leading scientists, MPs and the Prime Minister update the public as the number of UK coronavirus deaths has risen to 40,465 - the second highest official coronavirus death toll in the world after the US.

However, the Government has now moved away from the seven-day schedule to a five-day schedule and the weekend conferences have been scrapped.

This has begun this weekend, meaning there are no press conferences from Downing Street today.

Announcing the news, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said: “We will carry on doing the press conferences on weekdays and ministers will also continue to provide regular updates to Parliament and conduct a wide range of media interviews.

“The PM will do a press conference every week. It’s possible he could do more.

“We are absolutely committed to keeping people updated and we will be continuing to do this through regular press conferences, also through information campaigns, media interviews and parliamentary updates.”

When asked why the briefings were being cut back the spokesperson said: “It is just a fact that numbers viewing at weekends do tend to be significantly lower.”

The next coronavirus press conference from Downing Street will take place on Monday, June 8 at 5pm.

What did Matt Hancock say at Friday's press briefing?

The Health Secretary revealed on Friday that everyone working in a hospital must wear face masks to help stop the spread of the virus.

Mr Hancock said the Government was issuing new guidance for those working in clinical settings.

He said: "As the NHS reopens it is critically important to stop the spread.

"All hospital visitors and outpatients will need to wear face coverings.

"One of the things we have learnt is those in hospital are more likely to catch coronavirus whether they work in a clinical setting or not.

"All hospital staff will be required to wear type one or two surgical masks.

"It will cover all staff working in hospitals, apply at all times, not just when doing lifesaving work on the frontline."

This week Brits were ordered to wear face masks on buses and trains — with fines for refusing.

Ministers will make it a “condition of carriage” for face coverings to be worn on public transport from June 15 in a bid to slash the spread of coronavirus.

Passengers without a face mask will not be allowed to board or told to get off at the next stop.

British Transport Police will have powers allowing them to issue on-the-spot fines to rule breakers. Young children, the disabled and those with breathing difficulties will be exempt.

Mr Hancock also asked Brits not to attend large gatherings including demonstrations of more than six people.

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How can I watch the coronavirus update?

You can watch the government's daily press briefings by live streaming via our YouTube channel.

The Sun's live blog will also provide text updates from the conference today.

On TV, you can catch the briefing on BBC News, or via BBC iPlayer on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.

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