Monday morning news briefing: 24 hours to avoid total lockdown

Coronavirus latest: 'Covidiots' are a 'danger' to others - plus, the key to being a healthy home worker

'Covidiots': Large crowds flocked to parks at the weekend
'Covidiots': Large crowds flocked to parks at the weekend Credit: Peter Summers /Getty

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People out in crowds told they are 'danger' to others

A lot could change in the next 24 hours. Boris Johnson has warned the UK faces a total lockdown amid growing concern at the failure of the public to heed demands for "social distancing" to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Prime Minister said the UK could follow France, Italy and Spain - where people's movements have been restricted by police, curfews have been imposed, parks closed and all stores except food shops and pharmacies shut. His comments came after a weekend in which thousands of people ignored the Government's "stay at home" advice. As Hayley Dixon reports, pictures of people described as "covidiots" at packed beauty spots, seasides and parks have been shared online. So, is it a good idea to escape to the country - or is it irresponsible? Two writers have the debate. And how safe is it to go for a walk outside? Read a simple summary of the latest coronavirus advice.

The UK coronavirus death toll rose yesterday by 48 in just 24 hours to 281. Those who died included an 18-year-old - the country's youngest victim, who passed away at hospital in Coventry. As Global Health Editor Paul Nuki writes, the official guidance to intensive care doctors detailing the process for deciding who should receive critical care if rationing is required makes for sobering reading. Meanwhile, it emerged overnight that disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for Covid-19 in prison and been placed in isolation. Use our postcode search tool to find confirmed coronavirus cases in your area.

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 Olympics on brink: Calls for Games to be postponed

The Olympics is on the verge of being postponed over the coronavirus crisis. Amid growing signs that the Tokyo Games will not go ahead this summer, Canada and Australia both said they would not take part in a 2020 event, leading Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, to say it may become "inevitable" that the games are postponed. Here is a round-up of the ways coronavirus is affecting other sports. And Camilla Turner explains how The Archers has become the latest victim of coronavirus.

Schoolboy prince puts his art into Mother's Day

His great-grandmother holds one of the world's foremost art collections, his grandfather is patron of the National Gallery, and his mother is an art history graduate. Little wonder, then, that six-year-old Prince George shows a talent for art - on show in the handmade Mother's Day card that he gave the Duchess of Cambridge. Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness reports that the card - complete with tissue paper flowers and cut-out vase - was one of a number of images that the Cambridges shared with the nation on a very different Mothering Sunday.

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Comment and analysis

Gallery: Virus fightback in pictures

Lighting a candle | Church of England worshippers were urged to light candles in their windows last night to pray for coronavirus patients and victims, at the suggestion of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. View our gallery of images of the UK Covid-19 fightback.

Nicky Davies, associate priest at St Mary's, Breamore, Hants Credit: RUSSELL SACH

Also in the news today

Stranger attack | A seven-year-old girl has been stabbed to death in what police described as a random attack in a park in Bolton, Greater Manchester. The girl was enjoying a Mothering Sunday walk with her family in Queen's Park when a woman carrying a knife approached them and attacked the child. Crime Correspondent Martin Evans reports that a 30-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of murder.  

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Business and money briefing

Slump fears | Britain's economy is expected to collapse this year due to coronavirus in the worst downturn since the Second World War, forecasters have warned. KPMG predicts the pandemic could cause the economy to shrink by up to 5.4 per cent in 2020 unless health measures were able to stem infections. Hasan Chowdhury reports that the economy should rebound by the second half of 2021.  

And finally...

Leading the fightback | A rare butterfly species restricted to a small section of the British coast has enjoyed a boost in population levels - after numbers had been plummeting in recent years. New figures show a turnaround for the Lulworth skipper, which is typically found on a 40-mile stretch of Dorset coast. View pictures.