Boris Johnson to host press briefing as lockdown easing continues

Boris Johnson is set to host a press conference later today as lockdown easing continues across England.

The Prime Minister will be joined at the 5pm press conference by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, Downing Street said.

Mr Johnson will deliver the conference from the specially built new press briefing room at Downing Street, which has cost more than £2m.

The PM is expected to speak about ' the roadmap' out of lockdown as the rule of six returned and more outdoor activities were allowed from today.

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People are also now being encouraged to 'stay local' rather than 'stay at home' with Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirming earlier today that people would be able to travel across England under the new travel rules.

Downing Street confirmed this afternoon that the roadmap to easing coronavirus restrictions remains "on track" with the Government keeping the "relevant data and scientific evidence under review" ahead of the next step.

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The Prime Minister's official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: "We remain on track to deliver the roadmap.

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"And we will continue to keep the relevant data and scientific evidence under review as we now move towards April 12, which as you know is step two."

The news comes as it was announced that a further 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 86,194, NHS England said on Monday.

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Patients were aged between 58 and 95 and all except one, aged 62, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between March 20 and March 28 this year.

There were four other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.