Journalist's 'Oh Shit' In A Coronavirus Press Conference Captures The World's Mood

Graeme Demianyk

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Political editor Robert Peston inadvertently captured the spirit of the coronavirus age by swearing on national television while wrestling with the technicalities of working from home.

The ITV broadcaster was one of a number of journalists in the UK asking a question at the daily online Downing Street press conference as chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a package of measures to help the self-employed through the outbreak. 

“We go next to Robert Peston from ITV,” said Sunak, inviting a question from the social distancing hack.

“Oh shit,” came the reply after several seconds of silence.

“Afternoon, Robert,” the chancellor responded, diplomatically.

Peston later took to Twitter to explain the problem, revealing: “Screen froze at precisely the moment chancellor turned to me!”

In his announcement, Sunak said self-employed workers will be able to claim support worth 80% of their average monthly profits in an “unprecedented” move to cover the impact of coronavirus.

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