Coronavirus latest: ‘Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues’ says Johnson


In his first daily live address, prime minister Boris Johnson has advised that everyone should now “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues,” as part of a wider measure to “stop non-essential contact with others” in order to fight coronavirus.

He added, “drastic action” was needed as the UK approaches “the fast growth part of the upward curve” in the number of cases.

He went on to say that although government has the power to shut down businesses, he doesn’t envisage using them. This is purely an advisory measure.

Other key points in his address included:

  • Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days
  • People should start working from home where they possible can
  • Only use the NHS when we really need to
  • From tomorrow government will no longer be “supporting” mass gatherings using emergency workers
  • Elderly ill people and pregnant women advised to take particular care

The announcement came as first person in Wales to die with Covid-19 brings the UK total to 36.

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