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Coronavirus Daily: Government briefings move to five day schedule as Norfolk and Suffolk record more low daily case figures

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Weekend government briefings have been scrapped after Downing Street said the Saturday and Sunday slots were having poor TV viewing figures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the first press conference on March 16, but the sessions have also seen a number of ministers informing the public, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said he would be committed to appearing at least once every week in the new five-day schedule.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson will 'commit' to doing one of the new weekday slots every week.
Downing Street said Mr Johnson will 'commit' to doing one of the new weekday slots every week.

The spokesman continued: "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.

“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.”

The next briefing from Downing Street will take place on Monday at 5pm.

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had two daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, taking its total so far to 2,205, with Suffolk reporting three new cases as well, with a total of 1,534.

The UK's daily confirmed cases was 1,557, with the overall count now at 284,868 and the number of daily deaths at 204.

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