Another 28 people have died from the coronavirus outbreak in Britain, taking the overall number of deaths from Covid-19 in the UK to 465, according to a statement from the National Health Service.

It is reported the deaths included a 47-year-old who did not have an underlying health condition.

The others who died, including one person aged 93, did have underlying health conditions.

Earlier, the national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) said people in the UK should expect the introduction of further emergency laws if the British government's current measures are ignored.

On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tougher restrictions on people's movements during the crisis would be enforced by police and warned those ignoring them would be fined.

Those who flouted the restrictions could face more than fines if they persisted with their behaviour, PFEW's John Apter wrote in The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

"If you don't heed this government's advice, then it is likely further steps may need to be taken; further laws and emergency legislation could be introduced to clamp down harder on selfishness in the face of the fight against this virus," he wrote.

The new measures give officers powers to disperse gatherings of more than two people apart from those who live together. People can be issued an initial £30 fine and could end up in court if they do not pay.

"You would expect the police's focus to be dispersal of groups," a Downing Street spokesman said.

Mr Apter asked people not to gather in groups and noted the relationship between the police and the public, adding: "We all have a moral duty to uphold the rule of law and look out for each other."

Part of that duty meant following the current rules so that "new, harsher measures" were not introduced.

He added: "Either the public heeds the Prime Minister's warning and stays at home, or the fight against Covid-19 will be longer and more will likely be affected."

Regulations will be made by tomorrow at the latest to allow police to issue fines under the 1984 Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act for England and Wales.

The emergency legislation going through the House of Commons will provide equivalent powers to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The head of Britain's biggest police force, Dame Cressida Dick, told the PA news agency that the "vast majority" of people want to obey the new rules.

But Peter Fahy, former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, told BBC Breakfast there was "a huge amount of clarification needed" on the rules.

Police chiefs warned of phone lines being inundated with calls after the Prime Minister announced the latest measures, with questions about what movements are still permitted.


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'Abandoned' doctors will leave field due to lack of protective gear, medics warn

Meanwhile, doctors in the UK will be forced to leave the profession during the coronavirus pandemic due to a lack of protective equipment, the head of a medics group has warned.

Amid fears over National Health Service staff shortages, the head of the Doctors' Association UK said existing staff may feel forced to leave because they do not have adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely treat Covid-19 patients.

Chairman Dr Rinesh Parmar gave the warning as the British government urges recruitment of medical staff, including asking those who have recently left to return to help cope with the pandemic.

He told The Guardian: "The longer this epidemic goes on for, if doctors feel that there is a widespread lack of personal protective equipment, then some doctors may feel they have no choice but to give up the profession they love because they feel so abandoned by not being given the PPE that the World Health Organization recommends.

"That's the travesty of this situation - that the government needs to protect frontline health workers and in return they will give 100%.

"But the Government hasn't kept its side of the bargain with NHS staff by not having enough PPE available to safeguard the health of doctors and nurses."

For healthcare workers providing treatment to Covid-19 patients, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a medical mask, gown, gloves and eye protection.

However, the agency noted there is an international shortage of PPE, particularly masks and respirators.

Dr Parmar's comments come after Matt Hancock promised a "military effort" to get equipment to health and social care workers.

Yesterday, the UK's Health and Social Care Secretary announced that a new hotline had been set up that staff can call if they are running low on supplies.

He said that 7.5 million pieces of protective equipment, including face masks, had been shipped out to frontline workers in the past day.

During the daily Downing Street briefing on coronavirus, Mr Hancock said: "Many, many people across the NHS are asking for more personal protective equipment (PPE).

"If people are working on the frontline to look after us, it is vital that we look after them."

Dr Parmar previously said some doctors had felt like "lambs to the slaughter" and "cannon fodder" while they were treating patients with the virus without the recommended PPE.

The group, which describes itself as a campaigning and lobbying organisation and represents more than 29,000 UK doctors, previously said that less than 1% of doctors surveyed felt the NHS was prepared for a coronavirus outbreak.