All schools in the UK to close from Friday

Boris Johnson has said schools in England will shut from Friday until further notice in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The schools will close for all pupils except for the “vulnerable” and those with “key worker” parents.

The Prime Minister also confirmed, "exams will not take place as planned in May and June".

Schools across Wales and Scotland will also close by the end of the week.

Mr Johnson said the Government would try to keep the duration of school closures to an "absolute minimum" and intended to "get things going again as fast as we can".

Chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said closing schools would help reduce transmission. He said: "This is about the measure to protect all of us, it's not a measure because there is some specific risk to children."

Coronavirus advice: