Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a briefing at number 10, Boris Johnson hinted at stricter measures to limit social gatherings in open spaces, but stopped short of stating that the United Kingdom would be subject to a curfew.
Johnson said he understood the need for people to "go to the parks and open spaces to enjoy themselves", and that this is important for physical and mental wellbeing.
"My message is you've got to do this in line with the advice, you've got to follow the social distancing rule - keep two metres apart", he said. "Of course we'll take measures if this advice is ignored.' - 'No doubt" United Kingdom will enforce distancing rules if they aren't followed. "But we do need more, and we're trying to ramp up production as quickly as we can".
In a video shared on Twitter, he said:"With coronavirus growing, on Friday we put out the call asking recently retired doctors, nurses, other health professionals, to come back to the NHS to help in this unprecedented crisis".
He added: "If you are one of these people I want to reassure you... you are not alone".
"Following the Chief Medical Office's guidance, the NHS [National Health Service] has identified up 1.5 million in England who face the highest risk of being hospitalized by the virus".
He says that - despite this - people must follow social distancing advice otherwise "there is no doubt" that the government will bring forward further measures.
- Mr Johnson says that the shielding of around 1.5 million vulnerable people will do more than many other measures to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the UK.
She said: "It's very hard to be in a family group when you know each other very well and stay two metres apart - they're probably riskier gatherings than the large ones".
"Nobody needs to worry about getting the food and essential items that they will need", he said.
He hopes that food parcels will be arriving towards the end of next week, and will become a "more sophisticated product" over time.
"We've been overwhelmed by offers of support".