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🔘 Follow BBC News live updates here 👉 Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts a coronavirus press conference at Downing Street, joined by England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty. They address concerns over the Indian variant after UK cases doubled to 1,313, according to this weeks' figures from Public Health England. Watch the next covid briefing live on BBC iPlayer 👉 Follow the story 👉 Covid-19 update UK today, Boris Johnson. With BSL signing. What did we learn from the Downing Street briefing? Missed this evening's briefing? Here's what you need to know: Boris Johnson said the Indian variant could pose "serious disruption" to lockdown easing in England on 21 June if it were found to be "significantly" more transmissible. While the briefing was under way, we heard from government scientific advisers, Sage, that there was a "realistic possibility that it is as much as 50% more transmissible" than other variants. In response to concern over the variant, the PM announced that the wait between jabs will be cut from 12 weeks to eight for the over-50s and clinically vulnerable. He said there was "no evidence to suggest that our vaccines will be less effective in protecting people against severe illness and hospitalisation". Surge testing is already taking place in 15 areas across England, including Bolton, Blackburn, London, Sefton and Nottingham. The Army will be deployed on the streets of Blackburn and Bolton to help with the surge testing efforts. Coronavirus: Government Downing Street briefings | BBC News | BBC #BBC #BBCiPlayer #BBCNews #BBCCoronavirus #Coronavirus #Covid-19 #CoronavirusOutbreak #Corona #CoronavirusUK #borisjohnsonspeechonuklockdowntoday #lockdown All our TV channels and S4C are available to watch live through BBC iPlayer, although some programmes may not be available to stream online due to rights. If you would like to read more on what types of programmes are available to watch live, check the 'Are all programmes that are broadcast available on BBC iPlayer?' FAQ 👉

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