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Coronavirus: people told to work from home and stop going to pubs as Prime Minister Boris Johnson ends 'non-essential social contact'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Monday, March 16) announced that people should work from home and stop going to pubs and theatres in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

People are being asked to avoid 'non-essential social contact' for three months if they are over 70, pregnant women, or those who have background health issues. This will come into effect at the weekend.

He said: "Some may think this is excessive but it is overwhelmingly worth it to slow the spread of the disease to reduce the peak, to save lives, minimise suffering and to give our NHS the chance to cope."

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