Boris Johnson has ordered cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants and gyms to close from tonight in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The prime minister also said clubs, leisure centres and theatres should also close their doors

During his daily news conference he acknowledged that people may be tempted to go out on Friday night but urged people to stay at home.

It comes after the total number of people who have died in the UK after contracting COVID-19 rose to 177 after England saw 39 more deaths – the biggest rise in a day.

There were 3,269 confirmed cases in the UK recorded by Thursday evening – that figure will be updated later today.

A third person in Wales died after contracting COVID-19 – a 71-year-old with underlying health conditions.

Northern Ireland also confirmed testing there had resulted in nine new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 86.

Northwick Park hospital in Harrow, north London, declared a critical incident on Friday afternoon due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

It said its critical care unit has hit capacity due to the number of patients.

The hospital has contacted neighbouring facilities to ask for help dealing with patients.

During Thursday’s press conference, Mr Johnson said the UK can turn the tide against coronavirus in the next 12 weeks – but subsequently admitted the government don’t know how long the crisis will last for.

He also revealed the government is in talks to buy hundreds of thousands of tests to reveal if people are immune.

Scientists have advised that social measures will need to be in place for most of a year in order to control the spread of the virus, which has infected nearly 250,000 people worldwide.

More than 10,000 people have died around the world after contracting the virus.

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