Stop social contact, UK PM Johnson says

Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan

British people need to stop non-essential social contact and avoid clubs, pubs, theatres and all unnecessary travel as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says.

"Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel," Johnson said at a news conference in Downing Street on Monday.

He said anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus should isolate along with their entire household for 14 days.

Home working, he said, should begin in earnest.

"We need people to start working from home where they possibly can," Johnson said.

"And you should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

"It looks as though we are now approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve and without drastic action cases could double every five or six days," he added.