Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that staying at home this weekend is “not a request” as the nation was instructed to stay at home amid warm weather forecast this weekend.

Mr Hancock was joined by England’s Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May at the No 10 briefing. Ms May urged people to “stay at home” for 2 nurses, Areema Nasreen and Aimee O-Rourke, who died from COVID-19.

“I worry that there’s going to be more and I want to honour them today and recognise their service” said Ms May.

Warm weather is expected as the Easter holidays and people are being urged to stay at home. Local councils and police forces are appealing for the public to refrain from visiting beauty spots.

Mr Hancock also noted that there are 3 clinical trials looking at how existing drugs can be altered to treat COVID-19.

Mr Hancock ended the briefing saying “I end with the advice we all know. This advice is not a request – it is an instruction. Stay at home, protect lives and then you will be doing your part.”

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