Coronavirus UK: LBC Daily Update with Nick Ferrari

Coronavirus UK: LBC Daily Update with Nick Ferrari


During this Global Pandemic, LBC’s Nick Ferrari provides you with a daily insight into everything you need to know around the Coronavirus outbreak. As this rapidly developing situation continues, Nick will be speaking to experts every day to bring you the latest news and to give you the best advice.


You will have to wear a face mask on public transport

The Government releases new advice including compulsory face covering on public transport from Monday 15th June. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tells Nick why.
05/06/2024m 19s

Is it time to end Clap for Carers?

Nick looks at the possibility whether Covid-19 have been present as early as November. To discuss this suggestion, Nick is joined by Dr Nathalie MacDermott, Clinical lecturer in infectious diseases at King’s College London. Nick also asks whether we should end clap for carers?
04/06/2018m 3s

PHE: Covid-19 death rate in England higher among BAME people

Nick looks at the higher risk to death for people from BAME backgrounds. He speaks to Dr Neeraj Bhala, Consultant Physician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, who published an article in The Lancet last month entitled: 'Sharpening the global focus on ethnicity and race in the time of COVID-19'. Nick also questions the CEO of Heathrow Airport on the proposed quarantining of travellers plus Health Minister Ed Argar talks track and trace
03/06/2026m 56s

Is it a sex ban?

Nick speaks to Housing Minister Simon Clarke about the new law that would stop people staying over their partner's house for sex under new rules which say, no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors and consists of two or more persons. Nick also evaluates whether the return schools for some children was a success yesterday. He speaks to one parent from Kingston whose son is in Year One and went back to school. Plus how is track and trace going? One track and tracer reveals what they've done so far.
02/06/2022m 2s

Will the new lockdown rules work?

New lockdown rules come in to force, and schools re-open for some pupils.
01/06/2022m 57s

How many people can you meet at once now?

As Boris Johnson announces some relaxation to the lockdown rules, find out how many people you can meet up with from this Monday.
29/05/2016m 54s

Track and trace system goes live

Health Secretary Matt Hancock joins Nick to launch the new track and trace system. Nick also discusses the possibility of reducing the two metre social distancing rule. HE is joined by tow leading Professors, Sally Jane Cutler, Professor in Medical Microbiology at the University of East London and Professor David Paton, Professor of Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School, former government adviser at HMRC and at the Department of Trade and Industry
28/05/2020m 59s

No review of lockdown fines over Cummings question

Nick speaks to Sir Peter Fahy, Former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police over the decision not reimburse fines for parents travelling during lockdown. Nick also speaks to Housing & Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick over the new deals to provide essential PPE to the frontline. Plus we learn about the new anti viral drug Remdesivir
27/05/2018m 43s

Is Cummings undermining the Government's messaging?

Nick speaks to Cabinet Minister Michael Gove about Dominic Cummings and also admits he has driven with his wife to test his eyesight. Nick also examines the plan to allow shops across England to open next month if they can meet the coronavirus guidelines to protect shoppers and workers
26/05/2024m 7s

Cummings and goings plus schools to reopen

Nick speaks to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson about the controversy surrounding Dominic Cummings. Nick also examines the pros and cons of schools reopening on the 1st June. Nick is joined by Robert West, Professor in Health Psychology at UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health, and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), which advises SAGE. HE shares his thoughts on Dominic Cummings
25/05/2022m 33s

Scientific evidence on re-opening schools to be published

Scientific evidence on re-opening schools to be published, Brandon Lewis talks to Nick, and how the lockdown ease compares in Scotland
22/05/2022m 30s

Plan to ease lockdown in ten days time

Nick looks at the merits of the plan track and trace system which is due to be I place by the 1st June. We speak to Professor Hugh Pennington, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen who has previously chaired inquiries into E coli outbreaks in Scotland and Wales, about whether this is feasible. Plus are you ready for a lockdown to end in 10 days time?
21/05/2020m 46s

Should we see the SAGE advice?

With more than 11,000 deaths in care homes, Nick look’s at whether anything could have been done differently Home Secretary Priti Patel joins Nick to talk about publishing Government SAGE advice. Plus Chancellor Rishi Sunak warns there will be no guarantee’s of an economic bounce-back, Nick finds out what it mean for you
20/05/2025m 52s

So what exactly is an ‘air bridge’ and how does it affect you?

So what exactly is an ‘air bridge’? Nick examines the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ announcement on country exemption from quarantine. Also now loss of taste and smell have been added to the official list of symptoms for coronavirus, Nick asks if why the UK lagged behind other countries in adding it to the list. Plus Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey talks unemployment figures
19/05/2024m 34s

Vaccine for 30 Million Brits if trials successful

In what could be great news, Nick Ferrari speaks to Dr Katrina Pollock, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Vaccinology and principal investigator for the COVID-19 vaccine trials at Imperial College London about the possibility of a vaccine for 30 million Briton’s by September if the current trials succeed. Nick is also joined by Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden about the footballs season, Schools and social distancing on transport.
18/05/2024m 37s

How many businesses will go bust?

Nick looks at the impact to business of the Coronavirus crisis, and the protests this weekend against lockdown measures.
15/05/2014m 47s

Is it safe for schools to reopen?

‘Nick examines the Union's warning that it is not safe to reopen schools. He is joined by Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Select Committee. Nick also questions Health Minister Ed Argar over the crisis in our care homes. Plus Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Biology at the University of Reading explains the significance of the game-changing antibody test
14/05/2020m 18s

Is there enough protection for transport workers?

Nick is joined by Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies
13/05/2027m 19s

Matt Hancock insists the messaging is clear

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells Nick that the messaging on the easing of the lockdown is clear. Nick also asks him about face coverings and children returning to school. Plus Travel Editor for the Independent Simon Calder explains the changes that we will see in the airline industry over the coming months.
12/05/2026m 15s

Confusion over the Government advice?

After the Prime Minister's address to the nation last night, Nick speaks to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab about the new 'Stay Alert' advice. Plus Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer takes your questions and has his own views on the PM's statement.
11/05/2042m 40s

What will the first changes to Lockdown be?

On Sunday, the government are due to announce some initial changes to Lockdown measures - what will they be? And a leaked report in to operarion Cygnus reveals the government were warned that pandemic plans were 'not sufficient'.
08/05/2017m 56s

Easing the Lockdown

Nick speaks to Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Lord (Norman) Lamont, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer about the Government's plans to ease the lockdown. Nick is also joined by Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer to examine how workers will come off the furlough scheme.
07/05/2022m 40s

Why does the UK now have the highest number of deaths in Europe?

With the UK now having the highest number of deaths in Europe after passing Italy's total, Nick speaks to Security Minister James Brokenshire about the alarming figure. Nick also asks how workers will be encouraged off the Government's furlough scheme and what is the future for Gatwick Airpot after Virgin Atlantic quits the airport.
06/05/2022m 23s

Do you have confidence in the new track and trace app?

Sir Keir Starmer joins Nick to discuss whether he thinks the new track and trace app. Health Secretary Matt Hancock responds to Sir Keir Starmer's suggestion about a consensus before relaxing the lockdown.
05/05/2019m 55s

Should the over 70's stay indoors once lockdown is over?

Boris Johnson's plan to get Britain back to work has been unveiled but how cautious should we be about easing the lockdown? Nick speaks to Andrew Griffith, Former chief business advisor to Boris Johnson and Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs who suggeest we need to end lockdown now. On the other side of the debate is Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School and Former Public Health Consultant in communicable disease control who says now is not the time. Plus Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace speaks on behalf of the Government.
04/05/2018m 29s

Boris says we've passed the Coronavirus peak.

Boris returns for his first Downing Street briefing since recovering from Covid-19. Have we now passed the peak of infections?
01/05/2017m 38s

Will the Government miss the 100,000 testing target?

Nick asks Robert Buckland, Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government will reach the testing target set out by Matt Hancock earlier this month. Nick also speaks to Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter who is a Statistician and Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge Plus a fascinating listen to the Professor from Imperial College London, who is leading their COVID-19 vaccine trials
30/04/2023m 44s

Will the Airline Industry Survive?

Nick asks if the airline industry will be able to adapt and survive the current climate and will we ever be sitting next to other passengers on flights again? Nick also speaks to Professor John Newton, National Coordinator of the UK Coronavirus Testing Programme and George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
29/04/2024m 49s

Matt Hancock takes Nick Ferrari bet on reaching testing target

Health Secretary Matt Hancock answers questions on PPE, testing and why some children have died without any underlying conditions
28/04/2035m 13s

Boris warns of risking second wave of Coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled coronavirus an "invisible mugger" after his own personal experience facing off the deadly illness. Speaking outside Downing Street to mark his return, Mr Johnson said he was "sorry I have been away from my desk for much longer than I would have liked". Nick Ferrari brings you full reaction.
27/04/2019m 46s

Does Matt Hancock think we should wear masks?

Is Boris back in control on Monday? Sir Iain Duncan Smith tells us what he knows. Health Secretary Matt Hancock opening up testing for key workers and their families and the wearing of masks. Plus Political heavyweight Sir Menzies Campbell on whether the Government is handling this crisis well
24/04/2022m 0s

Is the lockdown easing?

Nick questions Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis about Chris Whitty’s comments that social distancing is likely to last the rest of this year. Nick also speaks to Professor Gordon Dougan, an expert on vaccines, genomics & the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the University of Cambridge. He also served on several World Health Organisation (WHO) committees. Plus why are Tory backbenchers calling for an easing of the lockdown?
23/04/2019m 45s

Will we be able to distribute a new vaccine quickly enough?

Nick speaks to the principal investigator for the COVID-19 vaccine trials at Imperial College London that the Government announced yesterday. Minister for Care Helen Whately is confident we will hit the 100,000 daily testing target. Plus Political Sketch Writer for the Independent Tom Peck gives his thoughts on the daily Downing Street Press Conferences
22/04/2025m 13s

Will you bet your political reputation on reaching 100,000 tests a day?

Will the Government reach Matt Hancock's target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of this month? Nick puts that that question to a Government minister and asks him to bet his political reputation on the pledge. Plus is Sadiq Khan right that we should all be wearing face coverings when out?
21/04/2024m 30s

Are summer schools the answer?

Nick reacts to Gavin Williamson setting out plans for schooling during the lockdown, and what hope is there for small businesses to keep going?
20/04/2020m 1s

Will we all be wearing masks soon?

Grant Shapps gives Nick the government update, Former Police Chief Hugh Orde talks about Policing the extended Lockdown, and will the advice soon be that we should all be wearing face masks?
17/04/2023m 51s

Health Secretary Matt Hancock

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari is joined by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham who says that social care staff are crying out for PPE and not a new CARE badge. Plus Nick questions Health Secretary Matt Hancock on whether he needs to revise his target of 100,000 tests before the end of this month
16/04/2018m 37s

World Health Organisation Special Envoy answers your concerns

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari is joined by the Special envoy on COVID-19 to the World Health Organisation, Dr David Nabarro to answer your questions and concerns about this virus. Plus Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer explains why the Government needs to come clean about it’s exit strategy for the lockdown
15/04/2031m 56s

Consumer Concerns

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari speaks to Former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Gus O’Donnell about the possible extension of the social distancing measures. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey gives Nick an update on where we are with Personal Protective Equipment for NHS staff. And consumer organisation Which, answer your concerns around cancelled flights, mortgage holidays and text scams
14/04/2033m 0s

PM's Personal Thank You to NHS Workers

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari speaks to Will Walden, Former communications director to Boris Johnson about what he made of the PM's personal and emotional message to say thank you to the NHS workers who saved his life. Nick also examines the Health Secretary's comments that it is impossible to say when 'enough' PPE will be available for front line NHS workers Plus Psychologist Emma Kenny helps us through our emotional wellbeing during lockdown
13/04/2027m 30s

The lockdown must continue

Boris is out of intensive care, the Lockdown continues through the Easter, and your Education questions answered.
10/04/2040m 46s

Is a Lockdown extension coming?

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari speaks to Former Health Secretary Lord (Andrew) Lansley about whether an extension to the lockdown is on the cards. Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ed Davey gives his verdict on the Government's response to the Coronavirus crisis. And Nick speaks to a children's hospice which will benefit from Chancellor Rishi Sunak's aid package for charities.
09/04/2019m 3s

Cabinet Decision Making

Nick Ferrari gets an update on the PM’s condition from Health Minister Ed Argar Nick explores whether the Cabinet should act as equals and take over the decision making if the PM remains in hospital And scientists question the impact of school closures
08/04/2024m 44s

PM in Intensive Care

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari examines the Prime Minister’s health following his admittance to Intensive Care Nick speaks to Cabinet Minister Michael Gove about the role of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in his position as the First Secretary of State And a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine explains what support the Prime Minister will be receiving.
07/04/2021m 46s

Coronavirus Myths Debunked

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari looks at the Queen’s address and whether it will have the desired effect of lifting the nation. Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick updates us on the Prime Ministers health Plus Nick debunks some of the myths around Coronavirus
06/04/2034m 48s

Matt Hancock is back and speaking to LBC

Today, Nick Ferrari is joined by current Health Secretary Matt Hancock who has just recovered from Covid-19, and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt answers listeners questions.
03/04/2038m 2s

Why are so few NHS staff being tested?

Testing is still not being performed on frontline NHS staff in any significant numbers. Nick is joined by Professor Paul Cosford, Emeritus Medical Director at Public Health England and also investigates why the banks are not helping small businesses with loans
02/04/2022m 24s

Testing, Testing, Testing

Nick examines Michael Gove’s comments from the Downing Street Press Conference yesterday where he said the UK must go ‘further’ and ‘faster’ when it comes to testing capacity and whether or not Government have been too slow to act. Nick is also joined by the Independent’s Travel Editor, Simon Calder to find out which Brits might not benefit from the repatriation flights announced by the Foreign Secretary earlier this week.
01/04/2030m 8s

Cutting Back On Bin Collections

Nick speaks with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps about how the police are interpreting the new lockdown guidelines plus Mr Shapps reports on the reduction in train and bus use. Nick also speak to one council member about how some council are cutting back on bin collections
31/03/2028m 14s

Retired Police Officers rejoin the force

Nick question’s the Government’s Health Minister as to why some NHS frontline staff are still struggling to get the correct Personal Protection Equipment Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick tells us about the number of retired officers who have signed up to rejoin the police force And why undertakers are now policing the number of attendees at funerals
30/03/2026m 20s

Police use of Drones during Lockdown

In today’s LBC Coronavirus Podcast, Nick Ferrari asks whether it is acceptable for the police to use drones to take pictures of people out walking during the lockdown? He also looks at whether the Chancellor's measures to help the self-employed go far enough? Plus Nick examines how bad the Coronavirus situation in New York City is. Download now via the Global Player or wherever you get your podcasts
27/03/2027m 8s

Protection for NHS Staff

Nick also speaks to one of the 450,000 people who have signed for the Government's NHS Volunteers scheme to help the vulnerable in society. Plus a look at why some banks are charging over 12% interest rates on loans for businesses during this pandemic.
26/03/2026m 40s

Aiming For 100,000 Tests Per Day

Nick also speaks to National Medical Director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis and George Magnus who is an Economist and Author – who predicted that the US sub-prime mortgage crisis would trigger a global recession.
25/03/2024m 15s

What exactly is a key worker? Plus advice on home learning

Nick also questions Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove about the latests lockdown measures including what exactly is a key worker? Plus how are parents coping with home learning?
24/03/2023m 11s

Is the lockdown coming?

Nick speaks to health Secretary Matt Hancock, former Sainsburys boss Justin King, and gets some advice from employment lawyer Daniel Barnett.
23/03/2021m 33s

Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Nick talks to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, finds out what powers the Police could have to force people in to quarantine, and gets a virologist & GP to answer your questions.
20/03/2031m 39s

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson speaks to Nick

The day after it's announced that schools will close on Friday, Nick speaks to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson
19/03/2023m 40s

What help for businesses?

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