Governor Gavin Newsom has told Californians to only leave their homes when it is completely essential during the coronavirus pandemic. He warned that more than half of the 40 million people living in the state would contract the disease in the next few months. In the US, the virus has killed 205 people and more than 14,000 have been infected.
Boris Johnson is expected to implement stricter measures to control the deadly virus in the UK, which could include a lockdown.
The government has already urged people to work from home and to reduce social contact.
On Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister in a press briefing at Downing Street said: “First, we must stop the disease spreading to a point where it overwhelms our NHS.
“Every country in the world has the same problem.
“This is a disease that is so dangerous and so infectious that without drastic measures to check its progress it would overwhelm any health system in the world.
“That is why we announced the steps yesterday that we did – advising against all unnecessary contact – steps that are unprecedented since World War II.
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10.17am update: Coronavirus reaches Africa sparking alarm
Ghana’s Information Minister has said that the country is likley to record more cases of Coronavirus in the coming weeks.
This comes as the World Health Organisation has ordered Africa to wake up to the virus threats.
There are concerns that Africa’s health system would struggle to cope with the virus.
9.57am update: MoneySavingExpert (MSE) makes £1m pledge to help charities
Chairman of MSE Martin Lewis said he would release the cash to provide grants to charities across the UK.
The grants will be used to help with UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.
He said: “My hope is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks, and I’m looking for projects that are up and running, or in the process of being set up – as we want to deliver help at speed.”
9.43am update: The number of people who have died from Coronavirus has passed 10,000
The number of Coronavirus cases is more than 246,000 across the world.
The escalating death rate has caused authorities across the world to install lockdowns and other rules to stop the spread.
9.36am update: MP announces she will return to the frontline of NHS to tackle virus
Maria Caulfield MP has tweeted: “I will be returning to the front line in the NHS to support the fight against Coronavirus, important we all help where we can.”
Her announcement came after Matt Hancock asked all doctors and nurses who have recently left the NHS to return.
He said: “We need you now as part of the national effort to fight coronavirus.”
9.28am update: Engineers across the country step up to build ventilators
This has come after a call for “national effort for ventilator production” from the Government.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We made this call last weekend for manufacturers to come forward and make them because it became clear that even if we bought all the ones available we would still need more.”
8.58am update: Piers Morgan questions why Britain remains open when California is on lockdown
The GMB presenter has urged people to take the pandemic seriously and only leave the house when it is essential.
He tweeted this morning: “No responsible gym owner would remain open now.
“But they should be helped financially by the Government.”
8.49am update: Coronavirus vaccine trials to begin next month
Scientists will conduct animal tests next week and trials will begin next month.
Prof Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford, said: “We are conscious that a vaccine is needed as soon as possible and certainly by June–July, when we expect a big peak in mortality.”
8.32am update: Cases of Coronavirus in California doubling every four hours in some areas
The authorities believe that 20,000 more hospital beds could be required to deal with the outbreak.
Congress has been asked for financial support to support the crisis in California.