Two more people in the UK died as a result of the coronavirus, bringing the total to eight, and the World Health Organization classified the virus as a pandemic. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the UK could expect the outbreak to peak "in a matter of a few months".
Hancock told lawmakers that he would meet with the opposition to discuss emergency laws that will be defined next week, adding: "The best way to win this is to work together".
The legislation is expected to contain measures to keep public services up and running, help businesses and ensure that the adult welfare sector is ready for the coming weeks.
He said that Parliament will remain open while the public expects it to "continue its work".
It is understood that the Prime Minister is conducting a follow-up after the Cobra government meeting on Thursday last week.
Should you be working from home?
Public Health England is advising people to isolate themselves in very specific circumstances, including: Anyone who is waiting for the results of coronavirus tests, anyone who has come in contact with a confirmed infected person and anyone who returns from a country significantly disturbed by the virus.
Instead of sending employees home, PHE recommends employers that, if a workplace has a confirmed case of the virus, expect to be contacted by a local health protection team to discuss and determine what measures, if any, should be taken. sockets.
The most recent government guidelines for those who came into contact with COVID-19 are to isolate themselves at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the infected person.
The official guidelines state: "If they are not well at any time within the 14 day observation period and are positive for COVID-19, they will become a confirmed case and will be treated for infection".
What is the government's plan?
The prime minister is expected to chair another meeting with Cobra's emergency committee today and should be considered a rubber stamp of the decision to move from containment to implementing a delay.
The meeting will raise measures such as closing schools, limits on public meetings, working at home and reducing non-urgent medical issues and firefighters.
The government's official coronavirus plan states that possible actions could be implemented, including "strategies to distance the population, such as closing schools, encouraging more domestic work, reducing the number of large-scale meetings".
He adds: “We would consider these measures to protect vulnerable individuals with underlying diseases and therefore be at a greater risk of being seriously affected by the disease.
"The effectiveness of these actions will need to be balanced against their impact on society."