COVID-19 GOVERNMENT PRESS CONFERENCE SUMMARY 27.01.2021
WHO WAS ON TODAY’S PANEL?
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance; and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Johnathan Van Tam.
UPDATE ON COVID-19 INFECTIONS AND DEATHS
20,089 new infections, with 1,631 new deaths today.
UPDATE ON VACCINATION ROLLOUT PROGRAMME
No information given today.
GENERAL SUMMARY OF POINTS RAISED BY THE PANEL
- PM says up to March 8th, free school meals arrangements for children will remain in place and a promise of £300 million will be invested into aid pupils in catch up tutoring
- PM also says that the week beginning 22 February he will publish a plan showing the route out of lockdown
- Sir Patrick Vallance says although hospital admissions are starting to fall, there is still a long way to go
- Dr Van Tam states that the JCVI advice is that, for children who are extremely vulnerable, there can be a discussion between doctors and parents. But the vaccines have not been authorised for children, he says. He says trials looking at this are under way.
For more info about the stats and the rules around the current coronavirus restrictions. Please check out the gov.uk website here.
For a few contact numbers, see the links below and/or follow the link here
As we enter #lockdown please remember, you are not alone! If you need to talk, you might find these helpful:
📞 Samaritans 116 123
📞 Mind 0300 123 3393
📞 Calm 0800 58 58 58
📞 Women’s Aid 0808 2000 247
📞 Age UK 0800 678 1602
📞 Childline 0800 1111
📞 YoungMinds 0800 018 2138
— Temporary Inspector Milnes (@SYP_CMilnes) January 5, 2021