UK coronavirus news LIVE: Covid-19 rate of infection ‘doubling every three to four days’, Michael Gove says as he stands in for Boris Johnson at daily briefing

The rate of infection of coronavirus in the UK is doubling every three to four days and the country must stay indoors to stop the spread, Michael Gove has said.

Mr Gove confirmed the stark increase in cases as he stood in for Boris Johnson at the Government’s daily Covid-19 press briefing after the Prime Minister tested positive for the virus .

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive , while England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty is also self-isolating at home after experiencing symptoms. 

Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the UK rose by 181  as of 5pm on March 26, up from 578 confirmed as of 5pm the previous day.​ 

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