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Chris Whitty to hold briefing tomorrow

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molifly14 Sun 20-Sep-20 22:09:43

According to sky news, Chris Witty is to hold a briefing tomorrow and will not be joined by any members of the cabinet or Boris Johnson and won't take questions. He will apparently discuss different scenarios.

Does that sound odd to anyone else and does this maybe mean no further restrictions this week, let's just try and scare us all into being good instead?

Link: Coronavirus: 'Critical point' in pandemic as UK infection rate heading in wrong direction, says chief medical officer http://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-critical-point-in-pandemic-as-uk-infection-rate-heading-in-wrong-direction-says-chief-medical-officer-12077482

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molifly14 Sun 20-Sep-20 22:12:04

Oh god bad typo! Sorry Whitty!!

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Shitfuckoh Sun 20-Sep-20 22:12:10

Won't take any questions is a strange one.
What a strange one. Negative side of me says he's resigning (hence no questions) due to him not agreeing with the Government (and can't say as such due to NDA?!)

Shitfuckoh Sun 20-Sep-20 22:12:38

Or the Secrets act...

PineappleUpsideDownCake Sun 20-Sep-20 22:13:21

Curious now.

molifly14 Sun 20-Sep-20 22:14:23

It does say he will be joined by chief scientific advisor... seems like a really strange move!!

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TheoriginalLEM Sun 20-Sep-20 22:15:19

Were heading for a second lockdown. Im worried

FecktheBoss Sun 20-Sep-20 22:16:56

Maybe Boris is on strike until he gets paid more, so Chris is having to do it on his own. Would we notice that Boris is not leading the country?

Seriously though, this is a little worrying

Shitfuckoh Sun 20-Sep-20 22:17:47

TheoriginalLEM

Were heading for a second lockdown. Im worried

The PM would need to deliver that message though surely?

molifly14 Sun 20-Sep-20 22:17:46

My thinking is that surely any further restrictions wouldn't be announced by anybody other than Boris?

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TheMurk Sun 20-Sep-20 22:19:48

They’ve been telegraphing another full lockdown for over a week now.

This will be the “scientific” basis for it.

They’re wheeling him out as the harmless geek who is just telling us the facts.

It will be followed by solemn Boris about 8pm tomorrow night telling us it’s another lockdown.

That’s if wee Nicky doesn’t usurp him first.

LarkDescending Sun 20-Sep-20 22:20:03

Neither the PM nor any member of the cabinet wants to be the bearer of bad news.

SierraHotel Sun 20-Sep-20 22:20:18

I think they just said on the bbc 10 o clock news that Boris will be at the briefing too, they didn't say what time it's on though?

Piggypower Sun 20-Sep-20 22:20:23

I thought Boris was rumoured to be making an announcement on Tuesday. Maybe this is to lay the ground for that?

Piggypower Sun 20-Sep-20 22:21:25

Why why why do they do this late at night?

Hmmph Sun 20-Sep-20 22:21:33

I think they just said on the BBC news it would be the triumvirate- Whitty, Valence and Johnson.

Anyone know what time?

StatisticalSense Sun 20-Sep-20 22:21:36

This is extremely worrying. The scientists cannot be allowed to run the response without the involvement of economists as there is a need for the country to balance competing objectives in a way that the scientists alone wouldn't consider (as their job is simply to reduce the impacts on health).

Judystilldreamsofhorses Sun 20-Sep-20 22:21:55

The Guardian seems to suggest he’s just putting the hard word out, but that London are going to go into tougher restrictions very soon.

SquirrelScorn Sun 20-Sep-20 22:22:17

I don’t think they’ll announce a lockdown tomorrow. It’s the medical/science people so they can deliver a serious telling off to the public and give everyone a last chance to avoid lockdown. Then the blame will be placed with the public when the inevitable lockdown happens in a couple of weeks, despite the contributory government failures.

Shitfuckoh Sun 20-Sep-20 22:22:31

Can't find out info on what time that will be, does anyone know?

MadameBlobby Sun 20-Sep-20 22:22:42

I doubt most people will give a fuck what Whitty says.

MadameBlobby Sun 20-Sep-20 22:22:57

Shitfuckoh

Can't find out info on what time that will be, does anyone know?

11 am apparently

Judystilldreamsofhorses Sun 20-Sep-20 22:23:24

www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/20/patrick-vallance-chris-whitty-uk-critical-point-covid-19-top-scientists-public-coronavirus

FecktheBoss Sun 20-Sep-20 22:23:28

Thought I heard 11am but I was only half listening

molifly14 Sun 20-Sep-20 22:23:48

Maybe followed by a pre recorded Boris telling us all to stay at home again. Who knows it's all a bit worrying now. I also noticed there was no time stated

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