Coronavirus live blog as it happened: Government discourages mass gatherings and encourages over 70s to avoid social contact

Shoppers across the country have begun stockpiling household items over shortages fears (Getty Images)
Shoppers across the country have begun stockpiling household items over shortages fears (Getty Images)

Follow the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in our live blog below.

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