Watch LIVE: the government's coronavirus press conference

17 May 2020, 15:48 | Updated: 18 May 2020, 09:18

Coronavirus press conference (17 May 2020)

Watch the government's coronavirus daily public briefing - the feed will appear here once it begins.

Today's press briefing will be hosted by Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Prof Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England.

It came as Boris Johnson called for more patience from the nation as it plots a course back to normality, saying we must “move slowly at the right time.”

Elsewhere, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, claiming the north is being treated “unfairly.”

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