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Tory aide and social media guru are masterminding the government's NHS messaging

Added 03-28-20 05:36:02pm EST - “Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock both tested positive for coronavirus yesterday. Just hours after they confirmed they had the virus, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, had symptoms.” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “The Tory aide and social media guru behind government's NHS messaging”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The cracks are starting to show in Downing Street as Boris Johnson battles through the deadly coronavirus in order to lead the country from self-isolation - as aides desperately fight to get the government's message about social distancing across to the nation.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Matt Hancock both tested positive for coronavirus and just afterwards, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, who has been the face of the nation's coronavirus response, revealed he too had symptoms. 

Now the group are trying to lead the country's fight against the deadly disease from self-isolation as aides are brought in to spearhead the government's  coronavirus message.

Mr Johnson has been staying in touch with his cabinet using Zoom - which allows a large number of people to 'dial-in' to a conference call and use computer and phone cameras to be seen by other participants. But concerns have been raised over security and the reliability of the app.

It comes as  Britain's coronavirus death toll rocketed by 260 to 1,019 today as the UK suffered its worst day yet and saw a huge spike in victims. It is the biggest daily increase the UK has seen. A total of 120,776 coronavirus tests have taken place, and 17,089 have come back positive.


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