As of Saturday afternoon, some 1,228 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, said the department.
For politicians, who can meet hundreds of people every day, the coronavirus crisis requires a balance between being seen to lead their people while also keeping a safe distance. The sale of non-essential goods was launched last week. "But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal.That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives".
On Sunday, England's deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said the nation will not be in "complete lockdown" for half a year but said social distancing measures will be lifted gradually. The date the virus peaked "depends on all of our behavior", he added, saying, "It's not a fixed point".
This morning, Mr. Johnson joined a meeting of key advisers, teleporting into the room by videoconference.
On Thursday, NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said the figure of former professionals who had volunteered to come back stood at more than 15,000. He also said it was very important that everyone follow the advice to stay at home.
The booklet next to the letter includes instructions for washing hands, an explanation of the symptoms of coronavirus, government rules for leaving home, and advice on protecting vulnerable people.
The maximum fine will be reserved for businesses but individuals could face a fine of up to euros 960 if they do not comply.
Stephen Powis, NHS's medical director in the United Kingdom, said at the government's daily press conference on Saturday that they have made efforts so far.
The number of tests being carried out has hit 10,000 a day, senior minister Michael Gove said and authorities are trying to acquire more ventilators.
On March 25, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, had tested positive for coronavirus, his household said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump say they have tested negative for coronavirus, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went into self-isolation earlier this month after his wife tested positive.
Cummings becomes the latest member of the Downing Street inner circle to either be diagnosed with Covid-19 or be forced to self-isolate as a result of noticing symptoms associated with the deadly virus.