Coronavirus: avoid pubs, clubs and other social venues insist UK Government to help NHS

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Boris Johnson – live coronavirus briefing

PM Boris Johnson issues new coronavirus measures, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on the latest developments.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued new UK measures due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson, in new daily media press briefings, said people should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

Speaking from Downing Street, Johnson said the UK is approaching the “fast growth part of the upward curve” in the coronavirus outbreak.

He added without “drastic action”, cases could double every five to six days.

As a result, the government is asking for people to begin avoiding all unnecessary social contact.

Here are some key points:

  • 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 possibly can
  • Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
  • Only use the NHS when we really need to
  • From tomorrow government will no longer be “supporting” mass gatherings using emergency workers

Liverpool’s music industry saw widespread cancellations today with Threshold Festival postponing their last ever event until further notice.

Frank Turner joined the likes of Caribou, Lee Scratch Perry, Palace, The Who and many more in postponing their gigs.

Families are being urged to stay at home for 14 days if any member of the household is ill, Johnson says.

For developing and continued updates on the coronavirus affecting Liverpool music and arts – see our story here.

For national and international updates see our story here.

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