THE PRIME Minister has told us all to stop gathering in pubs and restaurants in the latest advice to the public.

Boris Johnson said that the rapid spread of coronavirus is now underway, and cases could double every week.

He warned people to stop all "unnecessary social contact", and said some vulnerable people will be sheltered for up to 12 weeks in plans to be brought in soon.

Alongside scientists he said avoiding gatherings will be important and reducing our social contact with others.

Mr Johnson described it as a "fightback" against the spread of the disesase.

He wants all families with one family member affected by symptoms to stay at home for 14 days.

Meanwhile anyone who is able to work from home should do so.

Mr Johnson said schools will continue to remain open, but the situation will remain under review.

The Prime Minister said: "I believe it is now necessary. This period of shielding is to minimise and protect us from the peak of the disease. The peak is now coming faster in some parts of the country than in others.

"I believe they are overwhelmingly worth it to slow the spread of the disease and reduce the peak, save lives, minimise suffering and give our NHS the chance to cope."