A gang of top doctors have called on Boris Johnson to put Britain in a full coronavirus lockdown.
The medics claimed that Britain is losing a "very small window of opportunity" to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the death toll reached 233.
Doctors Julian Peto, Nisreen Alwan, David McCoy, Helen Ward, Martin McKee and Elio Riboli, reached out to the Prime Minister in a letter to The Times.
They said: "Sir, the UK is losing a very small window of opportunity to minimise the disease burden from Covid-19 and prevent a health system collapse.
"We recognise the severe constraints on capacity for testing but, while that is being addressed, the government must implement social distancing, extensive case finding and contact tracing to reduce community spread to give time for the health system to prepare and cope."
They continued: "Hence we urge the government to enforce restrictions on movement between and within areas with high and low rates of infection, such as London while ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are supported."
Their open letter comes as the death toll in the UK rocketed after 56 patients died in one day bringing the total number to 233.
Coronavirus UK death toll hits 233 as COVID-19 virus claims 53 lives in 24 hours
It's believed that a 41-year-old is the youngest COVID-19 victim in Britain since the outbreak – with the total number of confirmed cases being 5,018.
Victims in England are all said to have had underlying health issues, with the oldest patient being 94.
In Wales, the death toll has risen to five with seven in Scotland and Northern Ireland with one fatality.
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Environment Secretary George Eustice slammed people who were panic buying, telling them to "calm down".
Boris Johnson recently ordered all pubs, clubs, bars, cinemas and leisure centres to close in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Transport for London also announced they will be running a reduced service with partial closures.
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