“The sad news is that it means staying away.”
9.30pm update: Boris Johnson reportedly brought in UK lockdown after Macron phone call
UK Prime Minister Johnson reportedly closed bars and restaurants nationwide after French President Macron threatened to close French border to UK nationals, French news outlet Liberation has claimed.
On Friday the Prime Minister shut bars, restaurants and pubs – as he tried to halt the spread of coronavirus.
8.45pm update: Italian Prime Minister tests negative for Covid-19
The Italian Prime Minister Conte has tested negative for the deadly coronavirus.
It comes after an agent in his escort tested positive for the deadly disease.
8.00pm update: Former Real Madrid President dies due to Covid-19
Former Real Madrid President Lorenzo Sanz dies after contracting COVID-19 coronavirus.
On Saturday, Spain announced huge numbers of cases of the deadly disease which has placed much of the country on lockdown.
6.45pm update: Huge surge in COVID-19 cases in the UK
The UK has seen a massive surge in cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
A statement from the Department of Health and Social Care, read: “As of 9am on 21 March, a total of 72,818 have been tested: 67,800 negative. 5,018 positive.
“As of 9am, 233 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have sadly died.”
6.30pm update: French Health Minister warns about possible COVID-19 cases
France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran has warned the number of probable coronavirus cases in France “varies between 30,000 and 90,000 people”.
France has over 14,000 confirmed cases of the deadly virus with over 550 deaths.
5.45pm update: Coronavirus cases in Italy soar once again
An additional 6,557 coronavirus cases have been reported in Italy in the last 24 hours.
A new day-to-day high of 793 people have also been confirmed to have died as a result of the deadly virus.
It comes after the region of Lombardy recorded its highest count of deaths in a region in a single day – 546.
It means Italy has recorded nearly 5,000 deaths due to coronavirus – and over 53,000 cases.
4.55pm update: Algeria update
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algeria has risen from 95 to 139.
Algeria has recently imposed a lockdown on all international and domestic travel, closing cafes, restaurants and mosques to stop the spread of the virus.
It told half of state employees to remain at home and practice social distancing.
4.45pm update: John Lewis to temporarily close all stores because of coronavirus
John Lewis is to close all 50 of its shops from Monday because of coronavirus.
This is the first time in the 155 year history of the brand that it will close shop doors.
Chairman Sharon White said: “The Partnership has traded for over 155 years, during which time we have faced many difficult periods, including two world wars and the 2008 financial crisis. On every occasion, thanks to our customers and Partners, and the long standing relationships with our suppliers and stakeholders, we have emerged stronger.
We all need to continue to support each other and our strength and resilience will be tested. But they will not be broken.”
4.32pm update: Two more coronavirus deaths in Wales
Two more deaths have been confirmed in Wales, bringing the total to five.
Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer for Wales, offered his sympathies to the family and friends of the victims.
The patients were 75 and 98 years old respectively, and had underlying health conditions.