Coronavirus: Could Schools close and events be cancelled by the Government?
The Government will today step up its response to the coronavirus crisis, paving the way for home working, school closures and the cancellation of major events.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to rubber-stamp moving to the next stage of the UK's action plan after he held a Cobra meeting today.
It raises the prospect of school closures, bans on public gatherings - including major sporting events - home working and a scaling back of non-urgent hospital operations.
The move comes as US President Donald Trump banned all flights from mainland Europe to the States for a period of 30 days.
The prime minister is said to have held a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee at lunchtime, and is expected to rubber-stamp a decision to move to form the 'contain' phase of the response to 'delay'.
It is not thought there will be immediate school closures or cancellations of events, but health secretary Matt Hancock hopes to pass legislation next week to enable those measures.
The BBC said as of 9am this morning, a total of 29,764 people had been tested for the virus in the UK.
The rise in confirmed cases - of 140 - is the first time the day-on-day increase has been more than 100.
Some of the UK's biggest outdoor events are also expected to fall victim to the crisis. In the US, the giant Coachella festival has been cancelled.