Jacob Rees-Mogg has advised people to wash their hands to the national anthem, as he arrived at the Cabinet Office for an emergency Cobra meeting.
The government is having talks on the coronavirus outbreak after 13 new cases within the UK were confirmed over the weekend, sending the total number of infections to 36.
Professor Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of Public Health England (PHE), admitted on Monday morning that, it was "highly likely" that there would be widespread transmission of Covid-19 in the UK.
Official advice from the World Health Organisation advises washing your hands often with soap or alcohol-based sanitisers. Health experts believe that this is the best way to help slow or stop potential transmission of coronavirus.
"There are 10 basic things that you should know.
1⃣clean your 👐 regularly with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with 🧼 & 💧.
Touching your face after touching contaminated surfaces or sick people is one of the ways the #coronavirus can be transmitted"-@DrTedrospic.twitter.com/Ty8J0zoGKS
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 28, 2020
The Government was forced to publish contingency plans at the weekend, which included: potential lockdowns of British cities and relying on retired health workers to be called up to help the NHS.
Boris Johnson has been criticised for his slow response to the unfolding health crisis.