The PM is chairing an emergency COBRA meeting later today.
With matters progressing hourly amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Boris Johnson will chair another emergency COBRA meeting later today to discuss next steps.
The PM will then give his first official live TV address to the nation and No.10 is set to be bringing us TV briefings daily, as of today.
It’s believed that among the plans on the table to discuss is the potential to hand police the power to arrest and detain people with COVID-19 who are not following the official advice and health guidelines set out by the NHS, the Department of Health and Social Care / Public Health England.
Regarding COVID-19, the Health Protection Regulations 2020, passed last month, state that a person who is required to be kept in isolation can be taken there by a constable and with the use of "reasonable force, if necessary".
A fine of up to £1,000 for failure to comply with restrictions, or absconding from isolation, is punishable, but this could soon be escalated to arrest.
Other speculated matters for discussion include the banning of public mass gatherings and sustained periods of isolation for the elderly.
COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday 11th March, with matters developing hourly across the world.
The latest report from the Department of Health and Social Care (15.03.20) has confirmed that 35 people have sadly died.
UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 15, 2020
As of 9am on 15 March, a total of 40,279 have been tested:
Across the UK, 35 patients who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/ElnkxRnbJC