Mr Gove was not prepared to say how long the lockdown could last, but said the peak of the outbreak is “not a fixed point, a date in the diary like Easter”
He said the date of the peak of the outbreak “depends on all of our behaviour”, and urged people to follow social distancing rules.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has himself tested positive for coronavirus, has warned “things will get worse before they get better”.
Latest information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) seem to be mild.
Coronavirus is a viral disease that can cause coughing, fever and difficulty breathing. It can be more severe in older people, those with weakened immune systems and some long-term conditions like diabetes or cancer.
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