about 1 year ago by Debbie Lloyd
People who have ignored government advice aimed at tackling the coronavirus pandemic are "very selfish", says the health secretary.
Matt Hancock said the government was willing to take "more action" if needed to stop the virus from spreading.
Over the weekend, photos emerged showing crowds of people visiting open spaces across many parts of the UK.
Emergency legislation that would grant powers aimed at tackling the pandemic will be debated by MPs later.
The UK's death toll has reached 281, according to the latest figures - including a person aged 18 with an underlying health condition.
Meanwhile, the NHS in England has announced it has identified - and is contacting - 1.5 million of the most at-risk people who should now stay at home for 12 weeks.
It comes as parents are urged to keep their children at home unless "absolutely necessary", with schools across the UK now closed to most pupils.
There are now 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
Source: BBC News
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