Coronavirus has now killed 3,605 people in Britain marking the largest increase so far with the previous day recording 569 more deaths. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still suffering from a high temperature and has therefore extended his self isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. The Prime Minister and the Government’s daily news conference urged Britons to stay at home before the weekend, but is it safe to go outside in the warm weather this weekend?
In the last 24 hours, two nurses and two healthcare assistants lost their lives after fighting as part of the frontline against coronavirus.
As of Friday morning, 173,784 people have been tested for the deadly virus.
Speaking from Downing Street on Friday, Matt Hancock urged people to remain at home despite warm weather forecast for the weekend.
Mr Hancock argued the UK “absolutely cannot afford to relax social distancing measures”, stressing people will die if we do.
He said: “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.”
On Friday evening and overnight, the Met Office forecasts odd light showers to fade across many areas, with clear spells and patchy frost appearing after.
Southern areas of England may also see some areas of fog later and northern parts of the UK cloudier with some rain and hill snow pushing northwards.
On Saturday any fog in the south clearing then many southern areas turning sunnier and quite warm and further north, rather cloudy with odd light showers, rain slow to clear the far north.
The weather will be bright, warm but breezy for many on Sunday according to the forecaster.
Temperatures are likely to reach 20C in some parts of the UK on Saturday.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tamp said: “Whatever the weather, we all have a shared responsibility to protect those around us, and the single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.”
Police forces across the country were assessing intelligence and briefing officers on patrol about making sure there was no slippage in the lockdown at the weekend.
When Mr Johnson implemented the lockdown, police officers and other authorities have been endowed with the power to disperse gatherings and impose fines starting at £30.
These fines will increase for repeat offenders.
This week a woman in Newcastle was fined £660 after refusing to give police officers her name, address or reason for travel when she was stopped by police.
Speaking on whether it was safe to go outside over the weekend, Mr Hancock said: “It is incredibly important that people follow the guidelines and I know that it is going to be sunny and it may be tempting.
“But it is staying at home that saves lives and I think we should be absolutely crystal clear about that.
“The guidelines have been set out in terms of people going out for exercise reasons either on their own or with people in their household, people need to stick to those guidelines and we are going to stick with those guidelines.”
Could coronavirus be stopped by warm weather?
Not enough is known about the deadly infection to know whether warmer weather will have a large impact on how prolific the virus is.
Evidence from similar viruses suggests the virus may transmit less efficiently in the spring and summer months.
Alongside the temperature, it is thought humidity, differences in human behaviour and the strength of one’s immune system play a role in this pattern.
Scientists believe COVID-19 may find it harder to transmit during the summer months, but not all researchers are in agreement with this and still advise people to continue with the Government’s advice to save lives.