Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says we should avoid non-essential contact with others

In the first of the Government's daily briefings, the Prime Minister has said "drastic action" now needs to be taken as he outlined new measures to try and combat coronavirus.

Here is some of the government's latest advice to tackle the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Anyone who lives with someone displaying symptoms should stay at home for 14 days

  • People should start working from home where they can

  • Avoid pubs, clubs and other such social venues

  • Over 70s, pregnant women and those with underlying health issues should avoid social contact for 12 weeks starting from this weekend

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty , Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance

In his speech, Boris Johnson said that "now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and to stop all non-essential travel".

He urged the public to work from home when possible and to avoid pubs, clubs and theatre and said that anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days and not even venture out for supplies if possible.

According to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), he said, "it looks as though we are now approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve" in the number of cases.

"Without drastic action cases could double every five or six days," the PM warned.

Coronavirus advice: