British nationals travelling overseas have been advised to return to the UK as the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the globe – the Foreign Secretary has said this evening, Monday March 23.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We are strongly urging UK travellers overseas to return home now where and while there are still commercial routes to do so.
“Around the world, more airlines are suspending flights and more airports are closing, some without any notice.
“Where commercial routes don’t exist, our staff are working round the clock to give advice and support to UK nationals. If you are on holiday abroad the time to come home is now while you still can.”
The statement comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to address the nation on new measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in a statement from No 10 at 8.30pm, Downing Street has said.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled – with the Foreign Office previously advising British nationals against all but essential international travel and many countries closing their borders or enforcing mandatory self-isolation or lockdown.
This afternoon NHS England confirmed the number of deaths of patients who had tested positive for coronavirus in England had risen to 303.
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