Timings and how to watch the Covid press conference today

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The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, is scheduled to hold a Covid briefing in Downing Street this afternoon as UK cases continue to rise.

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The press conference, for the first time in more than a month, will take place at the Downing Street Press Briefing Room at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr Javid will discuss the use of new antiviral drugs to help treat Covid-19, but is also likely to be asked about the country’s worsening Covid cases figures.

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On Tuesday, the government said 223 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 – bringing the UK total to 138,852.

While the number is often higher on Tuesday due to delays in reporting deaths and cases over the weekend, it is the highest figure for daily reported deaths since March 9.

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Meanwhile, the seven-day average for cases stands at 44,145 cases per day – the highest level in almost three months.

South-west England has recorded the highest rate of new Covid-19 cases since comparable figures began in the summer of 2020, when large-scale testing was introduced across the UK.

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Ministers are coming under pressure to roll back some Covid restrictions, with an NHS leader saying without them the country runs the risk of “getting into a winter crisis”.

NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor urged the government to implement a back-up strategy that includes measures including rolling back mandatory face coverings in public places.

Downing Street said it is keeping a “very close eye” on rising case rates, but the prime minister has “absolutely no plans to introduce a Plan B”, which includes vaccine passports for nightclub entry. can be.

*The announcement will be broadcast on the BBC News channel and 10 Downing Street YouTube channel.

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