Boris Johnson will lead a press conference at 5pm - how to watch it

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 1:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 1:07 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to hold a press briefing a day after he announced a third lockdown for England.

In his statement on Monday evening, which was broadcast at 8pm, Mr Johnson announced stringent new lockdown measures for England.

He said schools must close to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed by surging infections.

Mr Johnson warned that the coming weeks will be the “hardest yet” but said that “with a fair wind in our sails” it should be possible to vaccinate 13 million of the most vulnerable people by mid-February, paving the way for controls to be eased.

The Prime Minister’s briefing on Tuesday comes amidst growing pressure to limit international travel to the country.

What time is Boris Johnson’s speech? 

Boris Johnson will address the nation and the media at 5pm on Tuesday evening.

Who will he be joined by? 

Mr Johnson will be joined by chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

How can I watch? 

Boris Johnson's address to the nation will be available to watch live on BBC News.

You can watch online through BBC iPlayer here, while Sky News has a live YouTube stream here.

What will he talk about? 

The 5pm briefing could be the return of the daily press briefing which was ever-present during the first lockdown period.

The briefing gives the prime minister and scientific experts an opportunity to field questions from the media. This would be the first chance the media has had to question the prime minister on his decision to enter a third lockdown period.

Expect he prime minister to be quizzed on the decision to allow international travel in and out of the country during a lockdown period, as well as his decision to -u-turn on the return of school children a day after many pupils returned to education centres.

Daily press briefings were also utilised by scientific experts as a method of informing the public with slides detailing public behaviour, as well as rises in cases, hospitalisations and deaths.