This means that rather than trying to contain the the disease, the government will aim to delay its peak.
The number of cases in the UK is 596. Boris Johnson called it the “worst public health crisis for a generation”.
The Johns Hopkins University’s global tracker says the number of cases worldwide is 127,863. 4,718 have died, 68,310 have recovered.
Coronavirus LIVE: Three cases confirmed in Sheffield as UK enters 'delay' phase
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- Three people in Sheffield have confirmed cases of coronavirus.
- The UK number stands at 596 and 10 people have died.
- Schools to remain open in the UK, while they have closed in a number of European countries.
- Boris Johnson announces the UK has entered the 'delay' phase.
Premier League and EFL set to be shut down
The Premier league is expected to meet at around 10.30am today to discuss what action should be taken in the wake of a number of players self-isolating over Covid-19 fears.
All clubs will need to come to a unanimous decision on the matter.
The EFL board are likely to follow the lead of the Premier League in deciding whether to shut down.
Update on coronavirus around the world
There are currently 127,863 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. Of these, 4,718 have died and 68,310 have recovered.
Australia has announced that mass gatherings will be banned from next week. This includes all gatherings of 500 people or more. The government has also advised Australians against all non-essential overseas travel. Scotland has made the same decision, however mass events are still going ahead in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Australia's home affairs minister has tested positive for the disease, and the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has self isolated after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for Covid-19. She said: “Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon,” she said in a statement. “Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.”
In Italy the death toll is now at 1,016. Catholic churches have closed, and will reopen when a broader Italian government crackdown on public gatherings is over on April 3.
Italy is the worst-hit country after China. The total number of confirmed cases in Italy rose yesterday to 15,113 from 12,462.
On Friday, South Korea reported more recoveries from the coronavirus than new infections for the first time since the country’s first patient was confirmed on 20 January.
Coronavirus in Sheffield: city's health chief responds after two more cases are confirmed
Sheffield’s health chief has responded after two more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the city, bringing the total number to three.
Three coronavirus cases now confirmed in Sheffield
Two more coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sheffield yesterday evening (March 12), bringing the total number in the city to three.