More than 8,077 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher.
The number of deaths is now 422, according to figures from midday on Tuesday. More than 82,300 people in the UK have been tested for the respiratory infection but were found not to have it.
In a bid to slow the virus’s spread, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged everyone to stay at home. In a televised speech to the nation on Monday (23 March), he said police would be given powers to fine people deliberately flouting the new restrictions, which would last for an initial period of three weeks.
Most shops, apart from those selling food and medicines, have now closed. Schools have shut their doors, except for vulnerable pupils or children of key workers. Cafes, bars, leisure centers and other social venues have also been told to shut.
The government had earlier asked people to work from home where possible and halt all unnecessary travel.
Those aged over 70 have also been asked to self isolate at home over the coming weeks and letters are being sent to 1.5 million people in England who are most at risk of coronavirus, urging them to stay at home.