The UK government is planning to introduce emergency laws next week to ban mass gatherings in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.
So far, ministers have resisted such a move even though some major sporting events including the London Marathon and all Premier League matches have already been postponed.
And Ireland is to close all schools and childcare facilities and other public spaces like museums, while Scotland has banned gatherings of more than (people.)
Eleven people have died in the UK after contracting COVID – , the disease caused by coronavirus, and the number of confirmed infections has reached – an increase of (over the last) hours.
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