UK coronavirus live news: Whitty and Vallance give rare joint briefing on virus

Top UK government scientists making direct appeal to the public, warning ‘a critical point has been reached’

10.58am BST

The briefing from Prof Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, is about to start.

They will not be taking questions.

10.52am BST

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, told ITV’s This Morning that the final decisions about what new restrictions will be imposed have not yet been taken. But he strongly implied that pubs in England will face some restrictions.

Asked whether landlords would be told to shut this weekend, Hancock said:

We will be absolutely clear about the changes we need to make in the very, very near future.

We have been working on this all weekend, we haven’t taken the final decisions about what we need to do in response to the surge that we have seen in the last few weeks.

The evidence is … schools aren’t where a lot of the transmission happens, it’s more about people socialising.

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