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UK coronavirus LIVE: Boris urged to call state emergency and introduce food rationing

In the UK 1,140 people have been infected by the killer virus, according to the latest figures released yesterday by the Department of Health, but Mr Johnson’s chief science advisor has warned this number of coronavirus cases could be up to 10,000 right now. The death toll rose rose 21 yesterday, up from 11.

A YouGov survey for The Sunday Times found 52 percent of people say Boris Johnson should declare state emergency, following the likes of the US and Spain, who both announced new measures yesterday.

Of those polled 63 percent supported the introduction of food rationing.

The poll also found 47 percent think Boris Johnson should do more to tackle to the outbreak.

However, 53 percent also said they trust the Prime Minister and the government to deal with the growing crisis.

UK coronavirus: Boris urged to call state emergency and introduce food rationing (Image: GETTY)

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UK coronavirus cases mapped (Image: Express)

Today Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the NHS needed more ventilators to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sophy Ridge On Sunday on Sky News: “We start with around 5,000 ventilators, we think we need many times more than that, and we are saying if you produce a ventilator then we will buy it.

“No number is too high.”


Empty shelves in a London Morrisons store from panic buying over coronavirus (Image: Getty)

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12.15pm update: Brunei bars citizens and foreign resident from leaving country

Brunei’s Health Ministry also reported 10 news cases of coronavirus, bringing the national total to 50.

12.00pm update: The UK Foreign Office has advised against “all but essential travel” to the US

The travel advice comes after President Donald Trump introduced a travel ban on the UK over the coronavirus pandemic.

There are at least 2,816 cases of coronavirus in the US and 58 people have died, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The US ban on travellers from the UK goes into effect from 12am on Monday night, eastern standard time (4am GMT).

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11.30am update: Nike closes stores in US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand over coronavirus

A statement from Nike said: “The well-being of our teammates and consumers is our top priority so we have decided to close our stores in multiple countries around the world including in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“These closures will go into effect from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Customers can continue to shop on Nike.com and on our Nike apps.“

Coronavirus cases worldwide (Image: Express)

11am update: Czech government likely to declare a quarantine for the entire country

Prime Minister Adrej Babis told Prima television: “I am convinced that today the government, and I will be proposing it, will take this measure.”

Mr Babis’ cabinet will meet on Sunday afternoon.

10.45am update: Ireland bans mass gathering of more than 100 people

Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar tweeted: “No indoor mass gatherings of more than 100 people applies to pubs & clubs.

“Have asked NPHET for further expert guidance on this. May seek enforcement powers from Dail/Seanad.”

He added: “People who have been out this weekend should avoid physical contact with seniors or people with chronic diseases. You could make them very very sick.”

10.30am update: Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rises to 724

Iran’s Health Ministry also said there were 1,209 new cases of the deadly virus in the last 24 hours.

9.30am update: British Medical Association chairman warns about a ventilator shortage in the UK

Dr Chaand Nagpaul also urged the Government to provide “clear, decisive plans” to ensure that healthcare workers can provide the care patients need.

Asked about the number of ventilators in the UK, Dr Nagpaul told Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “Our starting position unfortunately has been far worse than may other of our European nations – we have about a quarter of the critical care beds that Germany has, as an example, so it’s really critical, it’s really important that we now see transparently what plans the Government has to expand that capacity.”

9.15am update: Over-70s will be told to self-isolate for up four months

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it is a “very big ask”, but it is a measure which is for their own “self-protection”.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “That is in the action plan, yes, and we will be setting it out with more detail when it is the right time to do so, because we absolutely appreciate that it is a very big ask of the elderly and the vulnerable, and it’s for their own self-protection.”

Pressed on when the measure will be introduced, he said: “Certainly in the coming weeks, absolutely.”

He said coronavirus is “a very significant challenge” that will “disrupt the lives of almost everybody” in the UK.

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