Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 22 June 2020

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock gave the 22 June 2020 daily press briefing on the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Good afternoon, and welcome back to the coronavirus press conference.

I’m joined by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries.

Dr Harries is going to set out our next steps for the 2.2 million people who have been shielding for the last 3 months. Just before we do, I’d like to take you through the latest data.

This slide shows the number of tests that have been carried out, now over 8 million tests in total. And it also shows that for the first time since the peak, the number of positive cases confirmed is under a thousand, at 958.

The second slide shows the number of people in hospital, the top of the two shows the number of people admitted with COVID-19, which is 380. That’s down from 432 a week ago. The bottom chart shows the number of ventilated patients. That’s the number of patients on a mechanical ventilator, and that number is 330, down from 395 a week earlier. Clearly the number of people going into hospital and the number of people in the most serious condition in hospital in ventilated beds, both coming down.