Hancock: Staying at home this weekend is an instruction “not a request” – BBC News

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Staying at home this weekend is an instruction and “not a request”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said as he updated the country on the coronavirus.

Speaking at the No 10 briefing, Mr Hancock said that while warm weather was forecast in some areas this weekend “the disease is still spreading”.

He also said more patients were needed to take part in clinical trials.

Meanwhile, England’s chief nursing officer paid tribute to two nurses who have died from the disease.

Areema Nasreen, 36, had spent weeks in intensive care with coronavirus, while Aimee O’Rourke, 39, died at the hospital where she worked.

“They were one of us, they were one of my profession, of the NHS family,” said Ruth May. “I worry that there’s going to be more and I want to honour them today and recognise their service.”

It comes as latest figures showed a further 684 people with the virus died in the UK, bringing the total to 3,605. There are 38,168 confirmed cases.

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