Covid-19: A quarter of a million people in the UK urged to become volunteers

Some 250,000 volunteers in good health are being recruited by the Government to help vulnerable people – while an exhibition centre in London will be converted into a new NHS hospital, Matt Hancock has announced.

The Health Secretary said people are needed to assist with the national effort to tackle coronavirus by shopping, delivering medicines and supporting those who are shielding themselves against Covid-19.

He said more than 35,000 extra staff have already joined up to help fight against the virus, including retired doctors and nurses returning to the service and final year students.

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Children run down a street past an informational mural warning people about the dangers of the new coronavirus, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Sandro Manzato, from the Veneto region, hugs his daughter Yearline, 3, as she arrives with her mum Rubiela Perea, right, from Bogota, Colombia, at Rome's Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Rome’s Fiumicino airport sprang back to life on Wednesday as Italy opened regional and international borders in the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown, allowing families and loved ones separated by the global pandemic to finally reunite. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A visitor walks at Odaiba at sunset Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Tokyo. A coronavirus state of emergency has been lifted, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses began to reopen.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
An Iranian man walks in front of a pstry shop in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. - The spread of novel coronavirus has accelerated again this month in Iran which today officially confirmed over 3,000 new cases for a third consecutive day. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/afp/AFP via Getty Images)
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People hold a minute of silence for the victims of COVID-19 at Sol square in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Spain's Health Ministry says it recorded no deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday for a second day in a row. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
University students of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), some wearing protective facemasks, pass their exams at the Art and History Museum in order to respect the social distancing rule, in Brussels, on June 2, 2020 as Belgium eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by BENOIT DOPPAGNE / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by BENOIT DOPPAGNE/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)
The Italian Air Force acrobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolored Arrows) perform over the Altare della Patria - King Vittorio Emanuele II monument and Trajan's column in Rome on June 2, 2020 as part of Republic Day ceremonies, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - JUNE 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image is a digital composite) In this composite image, commuters ride the train on April 16, 2020 (Top- Image Number 1210095133) and on June 2, 2020 (Bottom) before and after the government implemented a social distancing stickers and markers on board the public train. The authority decided to remove all safe distancing stickers and markers from trains and buses as they deemed it is too challenging for commuters to keep their social distance. Today, Singapore embarks on phase one of a three phase approach against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it begins to ease the partial lockdown measures by allowing the safe re-opening of economic activities which do not pose high risk of transmission. This include the resumption of selected health services, re-opening of schools with school children attending schools on rotational basis, manufacturing and production facilities, construction sites that adhere to safety measures, finance and information services that do not require interactions and places of worship, amongst others. Retail outlets, social and entertainment activities will remain closed and dining in at food and beverage outlets will still be disallowed. The government will further ease restriction by the middle of June if the infection rate within the community remains low over the next two weeks.(Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Illustration picture shows kids and their schoolbags in the hall outside their classroom, in a kindergarden school in Etterbeek, Brussels, Tuesday 02 June 2020. Schools for children under six years old are reopening today for everyone. Belgium is in its twelfth week of confinement in the ongoing corona virus crisis and the third week of the phase 2 of the deconfinement. BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE (Photo by THIERRY ROGE/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Customers seated in small glasshouses enjoy lunch at the Mediamatic restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, June 1, 2020. The government took a major step to relax the coronavirus lockdown, with bars, restaurants, cinemas and museums reopening under strict conditions, abiding by government guidelines and respecting social distancing to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A Hindu devotee offers prayers in the River Ganges, during the Ganga Dussehra festival, in Prayagraj, India, Monday, June 1, 2020. Hundreds of Hindu devotees made holy dips here Monday even though congregations at religious venues continue to remain barred during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A man wearing full PPE walks through Knightsbridge, London following the introduction of measures to bring England out of lockdown. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Parents drop off pupils at Queen's Hill Primary School, Costessey, Norfolk, as pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, begin to return to school as part of a wider easing of lockdown measures in England. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Nuns and faithful gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Pope Francis has cheerfully greeted people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, as he resumed his practice of speaking to the faithful there for the first time since lockdown began in Italy and at the Vatican in early March. Instead of the tens of thousands of people who might have turned out on a similarly brilliantly sunny day like this Sunday, in pre-pandemic times, perhaps a few hundred came to the square, standing well apart from others or in small family groups. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A TV cameraman wears a face mask seen between cardboards with photos of Moenchengladbach fans displayed on the stands prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Union Berlin in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Cardboards with photos of Moenchengladbach fans displayed on the stands during warm up prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Union Berlin in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, May 31, 2020. A banner reads: "For Borussia. Against ghost games!". The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christians wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus attend Sunday Mass at Cathedral Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
Christians wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Worshippers wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 prays at al-Mirabi Mosque in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs said mosques will open to the public for prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Mecca, with precautionary measures and instructions. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslim men pray next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, May 31, 2020.The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, reopened early Sunday, following weeks of closure aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Buddhists pray during the Buddha's birthday ceremony at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. This year a ceremony to celebrate the birth anniversary was put off from April 30 to May 30 due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Kashmiri Hindu perform rituals during the annual festival at Kheer Bhawani temple amid the Coronavirus pandemic in Jammu, India, Saturday, May 30, 2020. The festival was marked in a low key manner due to the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Health workers collect a nasal swab sample from a Buddhist monk to test for the coronavirus at the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Sarayuth Jojaiharn))
A Buddhist believer holds a notice about precautions against the new coronavirus during the Buddha's birthday ceremony at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. This year a ceremony to celebrate the birth anniversary was put off from April 30 to May 30 due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A public safety worker sprays a disinfectant solution in the streets of the El Rosario neighborhood, which had seen a recent cluster of COVID-19 cases, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
John Price and Bijan Black have lunch with their son Parker Price, 2, all of Seat Pleasant, Md., at the Wharf area in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2020. This was their first time venturing out since the coronavirus pandemic started. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Women stand at a distance as they wait in line for a plate of food at a soup kitchen in the 1.11.14 neighborhood during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Soccer players play front of empty stands during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Freiburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, 29 May, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak all soccer matches go the German Bundesliga without spectators. (Ronald Wittek/Pool via AP)
Fans attend the drive-in concert of the Hungarian rock band Tankcsapda at the Debrecen International Airport in Debrecen, Hungary, Friday, May 29, 2020, when concert halls are still closed in Hungary due to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP)
People, wearing face masks and observing social distancing guidelines to protect against coronavirus, attend Friday prayers, outside Fatih mosque, in Istanbul, Friday, May 29, 2020. Worshippers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government re-opened some mosques as part of its plans to relax measures in place to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Prayers were held in the courtyards of a select number of mosques on Friday, to minimize the risk of infection. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
ANTALYA, TURKEY - MAY 28: An aerial view of sunbeds placed to comply the rules of social distance near Konyaalti Coastline within the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic measures in Antalya, Turkey on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 28: A view of cars during drive-in-theatre amid coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic organized by CarrefourSA in Istanbul, Turkey on May 28, 2020. The Turkish movie "Our Family" was screened on the theatre. (Photo by Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 29, 2020: A woman enters Slavyansky Bulvar Station of the Moscow Metro. The Moscow authorities have extended the self-isolation regime in Moscow through June 14 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Vladimir Gerdo/TASS (Photo by Vladimir Gerdo\TASS via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 28: An aerial view of cars during drive-in-theatre amid coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic organized by CarrefourSA in Istanbul, Turkey on May 28, 2020. The Turkish movie "Our Family" was screened on the theatre. (Photo by Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A member of Myanmar's parliament sits by himself while abiding by social distancing rules with a plastic divider at a table, in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw parliament building in Naypyidaw on May 29, 2020. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP) (Photo by THET AUNG/AFP via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 29: Aircrafts from Japan's Air Self-Defense Force's acrobatic flight team, known as Blue Impulse, fly over central Tokyo area on May 29, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan's Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatics corps flew over Tokyo to show respect and gratitude towards medical workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28: Parisian Healthcare workers gather in front of the Robert Debre hospital to call for better working conditions and an increase of manpower as French government launched general talks amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Paris, France on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Julien Benjamin Guillaume Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A Nepalese Health personnel in protective gear check the body temperature of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agni Prasad Sapkota using thermal gun during the announcement of the new government's budget for the fiscal year 2020/2021 at Federal Parliament, Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday, May 28, 2020.  (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 28, 2020: A man wears a respirator in a street. The self-isolation regime is extended in Moscow through June 14 in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Tereshchenko\TASS via Getty Images)
Healthcare employees work in the intensive care unit of Saint-Louis hospital in Paris, on May 28, 2020 as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP) (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Loren Sweatt (L), is greeted by Representative David Roe before a House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing: "Examining the Federal Government's Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19," on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Rod Lamkey / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ROD LAMKEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a shrine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Potrait of Disinfectors of the 9th Alpine Regiment, in L'Aquila, Italy, on May 20, 2027, during sanitize in an Church. Disinfectors of the 9th Alpine Regiment sanitize the Cathedral of St. Bernardino from Siena. The 9th Alpine Regiment intervenes in the sanitization of one of the symbol places of worship of the city of L'Aquila. (Photo by Andrea Mancini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Vendors wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a night market in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Two employees wear face masks, to prevent against the spread of coronavirus, as they prepare the plenary room at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The European Union is to unveil Wednesday a massive coronavirus recovery plan worth hundreds of billions of euros to help countries rebuild their ailing economies, but the bloc remains deeply divided over what conditions should be attached to the funds. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
People ride electric scooters in the Villa Borghese park, in Rome, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Alternative means of transport are being promoted in Italy's major metropolitan areas following public transports' restrictions that have been set for containing the COVID-19 spread. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Bosnian muslims, some wearing face masks to protect themselves from the COVID-19 infection, attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide are marking a muted religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan _ a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down due to the new coronavirus outbreak.(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he and Jill Biden arrive to place a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park, in New Castle. (Image: AP)
An aerial view shows a ward converted to a field hospital at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. With dramatically increased community transmissions of coronavirus , Cape Town has become the center of the outbreak in South Africa and the continent. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)
John Bickler visits the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, Monday, May 25, 2020. The annual Memorial Day commemoration was held without the public in attendance due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the new coronavirus pandemic, faces supporters taking pictures with cell phones as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing face masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic, yell out against journalists, calling them "trash" and "coup plotters," after the president's departure from his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus march past a banner depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping at their living squatter inside the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, May 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
The Frecce Tricolori aerobatic squad of the Italian Air Force flies over Milan's Duomo cathedral, northern Italy, Monday, May 25, 2020 on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic on June 2, 1946. This year the acrobatic squad will fly over several Italian cities to bring a message of unity and solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A supporter of the late Yugoslav communist president Josip Broz Tito wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus holds an old Yugoslav flag with the communist five-point star in front of memorial complex prior to a wreath laying ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 25, 2020. People flocked to Tito's grave to mark the 128th anniversary of his birth. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Shoppers maintain a safe social distance between each other as they wait in line to enter a food section of the Matsuya Ginza department store which partially reopens Monday, May 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to remove a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures later in the day. Japanese words read as "For entrance only." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Bangladeshi Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Dhaka, Monday, May 25, 2020. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)
Indian policemen patrol during Eid al-Fitr near the Jama Mosque at the old quarters of New Delhi, India, Monday, May 25, 2020. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MAY 24: Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wearing face masks with his face wave and shout slogans during a demonstration in favor of his government amidst the coronavirus pandemic in front of Planalto Palace on May 24, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil has over 352,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and 22,291 deaths. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)
Bosnian muslims, some wearing face masks to protect themselves from the COVID-19 infection, attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide are marking a muted religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan _ a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down due to the new coronavirus outbreak.(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
A Muslim man wearing a protective mask prepares to pray outside the closed National Mosque while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Worshippers wearing protective face masks offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a shrine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns during what is usually a festive time of shopping and celebration. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Augsburg's Eduard Loewen celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Nuns and faithful respecting social distancing look at Pope Francis reciting the Regina Coeli noon prayer on a giant screen in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2020. For the first time in months, well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday papal blessing, casting their gaze at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful, since the square had been closed due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Muslims, some wearing face masks and gloves to protect against coronavirus, observe social distancing guidelines as they attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Grozny, Russia, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Muslims worldwide are marking a muted religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down due to the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
MANAUS, BRAZIL - MAY 23: Melida Marquez, a 23 years old venezuelan woman holds a sign asking for job and help with her daughter Genesis, 6, at downtown Manaus on May 23 2020 in Manaus, Brazil. Melida arrived in Manaus a year ago, is pregnant of her fourth kid and has no protective masks. She uses the money got from pedestrians to buy food for her family. Brazil has now 330.890 people infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) according to Health Ministry and became the the second country in the world with more cases. (Photo by Andre Coelho/Getty Images)
French bishop Monsignor Emmanuel Gobilliard wearing a protective face mask, prepares to lead the first mass in the Lyon Saint-Jean cathedral since the beginning of the lock down due to Covid 19 pandemic, on May 23, 2020. - France went into lockdown on March 17, to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)
A man stands outside his house, flanked by white cloths displayed to demand humanitarian aid during the home quarantine against the spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, at Concepcion neighborhood in San Salvador on May 23, 2020. - El Salvador's Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) revalidated on the eve the state of emergency decree -in force since last March- to face the COVID-19 pandemic, after intervening in a legal battle between the Legislative Assembly and the government of President Nayik Bukele. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) (Photo by YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY - MAY 23: A man wearing a protective face mask looks at a clothing store with protective masks on mannequins on May 23, 2020 in Turin, Italy. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY - MAY 23: A server wearing a protective mask serves a table of people in Piazza Vittorio Veneto on May 23, 2020 in Turin, Italy. On May 23, the Piedmont Region was able to reopen table seating at cafes and bars as long as people practice social distancing. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - MAY 23: Volunteers wearing protective face masks and face shields check in with operators of a factory converted to a dormitory on May 23, 2020 in Singapore. This reassurance operation is an initiative by Covid-19 Migrant Support Coalition, a non-governmental group in Singapore.(Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
A patient covers his face in the COVID-19 zone of a hospital in Atizapan, Mexico, on May 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
A health worker checks a patient at the COVID-19 zone of a hospital in Atizapan, Mexico, on May 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
The poster dedicated by Armani to all Italian nurses in Milan on May 22, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hairdressers and other shops have reopened, subject to social distancing measures, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19 (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 22: Two women are seen talking at the town of Griñón during day 69th of the state of alarm decreed as a result of the coronavirus and still phase 0 of the reduction of confinement established by the Government on May 22, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Eduardo Parra/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 22: Chinese women from the country's ethnic minority groups wear protective masks as as they talk before the opening of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on May 22, 2020 in Beijing, China. China opened its annual parliamentary gathering, known as 'The Two Sessions', at the Great Hall of the People on May 21 after being postponed at the heigh of the coronavirus outbreak in China earlier this year. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Paramilitary police officers stand guard in front of a poster of late communist leader Mao Zedong on a street south of the Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China moved to impose stringent new security laws on restive Hong Kong as its coronavirus-delayed parliamentary session opened on May 22 with a warning from Premier Li Keqiang of the "immense" challenges facing the world's second-largest economy. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
A police officer issues a pro-democracy protester (C) with a fine for breaking government-imposed social distancing rules against the COVID-19 coronavirus, during a march from outside the Western Police Station to the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. - A proposal to enact new Hong Kong security legislation was submitted to China's rubber-stamp on May 22, state media said, a move expected to fan fresh protests in the semi-autonomous financial hub. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 21, 2020: Dmitry Nikitenko (L), first deputy general director of the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Center, and Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), by a McDonnell Douglas/Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft of the United States Air Force at Vnukovo-3 Airport. The plane has delivered medical ventilators for the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Center. The USA plans to donate 200 ventilators to Russia amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
A group of people with face masks on May 21, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain, Since today, protection mask are mandatory in all Spain except in some cases. The government put this measure to protect the citizen against the Covid-19 virus. (Photo by Adria Salido Zarco/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MAY 20: Residents swim, paddle board and kayak in Barton Creek on May 20, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that bars, wine tasting rooms, bowling alleys, skating rinks, bingo halls, aquariums, and equestrian events will be allowed to open on Friday, May 22nd despite a surge in confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
A Sri Lankan Health personnel in protective gear collects nasal swab sample from a worker near the Manning Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A worker wearing a protective suit and mask, disinfects a tramway at the Solea transport depot in Mulhouse, eastern France, on May 20, 2020, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP) (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)
GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - MAY 20: Municipal workers disinfect at Pedro Carbo street on May 20, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After 63 days of strict lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19, Guayaquil starts a new phase easing measures in some activities and industries. The capital city of Guayas province is one of the most affected territories in Latin America. (Photo by Eduardo Maquilon/Getty Images/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 20: A couple wearing a face mask and they entertain themselves with their smartphone during the night at Park Guell by architect Antoni Gaudi as it opens it's doors to neighborhood residents for the first day since March 13 on May 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Some parts of Spain have entered the so-called "Phase One" or "Phase Two" transitions from its coronavirus lockdown, allowing many shops to reopen as well as restaurants who serve customers outdoors. Locations that were harder hit by coronavirus (Covid-19), such as Madrid and Barcelona, remain in a stricter quarantine. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
A child wearing a face mask amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus commutes on a train in Tokyo on May 19, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
A worker sprays disinfectant in a classroom at a high school in Seoul on May 19, 2020. - South Korea has been held up as a global model in how to curb the coronavirus, but a spike of new cases, driven by a nightclub cluster in Seoul's Itaewon district -- including several gay clubs -- forced authorities to delay last week's planned re-opening of schools for a week. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
HANOI, VIETNAM - MAY 19: Motorbike riders with face masks are stuck in traffic during the morning peak hour on May 19, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Though some restrictions remain in place, Vietnam has lifted the ban on certain entertainment facilities and non-essential businesses, including pubs, cinemas and spas & other tourist attractions to recover domestic tourism. On April 23, the Ministry of Transport started to increase domestic flights and trains to major destinations with limited passenger capacity. As of May 19, Vietnam has confirmed 324 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 ) with no deaths in the country, 263 fully recovered and no new case caused by community transmission for 33 days. (Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images)
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Faithful wearing gloves and face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, pray during the morning mass at St. Eugenio Church, in Rome, Monday, May 18, 2020. Italy partially lifted sanitary restrictions Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Mr Hancock spoke after it was revealed that number of coronavirus dead now totalled 422 – a jump of 87 and the largest day-on-day increase in the number of deaths since the outbreak began.

Mr Hancock also confirmed that a temporary hospital – the NHS Nightingale hospital – would be opening at London's ExCeL centre.

It will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people, and has been set up with the help of the military.

Mr Hancock said 11,788 recently retired NHS staff had responded to the call to return to the service, including 2,660 doctors, more than 2,500 pharmacists and other staff and 6,147 nurses.

"I pay tribute to each and every one of those who is returning to the NHS at its hour of need," Mr Hancock said.

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The London ExCel centre is to be turned into a makeshift NHS hospital (Ian West/PA)

Some 5,500 final-year medics and 18,700 final-year student nurses will also "move to the frontline" next week.

Mr Hancock's announcement comes after the Government faced criticism over its policy on workers, with pictures of packed London Tube trains appearing on social media on Tuesday.

In measures announced on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to only go to work if "absolutely necessary".

But on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said those who cannot work from home, including key workers in the NHS and social care, should go to work "to keep the country running".

Mr Hancock said construction workers were among those who could continue to work as long as they could remain two metres apart at all times.

But some builders and construction workers have said they feel "angry and unprotected" going to work, while others are under pressure from employers to go in.

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A busy Jubilee line eastbound train carriage

Mr Hancock said: "The judgment we have made is that in work, in many instances, the two-metre rule can be applied.

"In my work place, in the House of Commons, you can see it every day.

"Where possible, people should work from home and employers have a duty to ensure that people are more than two metres apart."

Deputy chief medical officer for England Dr Jenny Harries said individuals should raise concerns "very firmly" with their bosses if they felt unsafe but the Government could not individually cover every workplace and every scenario.

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She also said couples not living in separate households could be spreading coronavirus if they continue to see each other, and suggested they could move in together.

In other developments:

– The FTSE 100 index of leading companies jumped 9% on Tuesday – its second biggest ever percentage rise and its highest ever points gain.

– The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to begin at the end of July, agreed to postpone the event for a year.

– For the first time, all the UK's mobile networks are sending out a Government message to customers with details of the new shutdown.

– Chancellor Rishi Sunak acknowledged it would not be possible to protect every job and save every business, but said the Government was "looking at pace at what support" can be given to the self-employed.

Mr Hancock also responded to criticisms about a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff, saying 7.5 million pieces of PPE including facemasks had been shipped out in the last 24 hours.

A hotline enables NHS and care staff to request PPE if they do not have it, he added.

"If people are working on the front line to look after us, it's vital that we look after them," he said.

Earlier, Mr Hancock told MPs hat volunteering "is a legitimate reason to travel."

He added: "I just want to make it absolutely clear that for people that are volunteering in the response to Covid-19, people who are caring even with unpaid and informal caring responsibilities, then it is OK to go and do that.

"And you should do that, but you should stay more than two metres away from others wherever possible.

"But this has to be a practical instruction because of course we need to care for people."

Former health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has raised concerns that the UK "appears to be testing on a daily basis virtually no more people than over a week ago".

Mr Hancock said the Government had now purchased millions of tests which are arriving in the next days and weeks.

He told MPs that home is now the "front line" in the fight against coronavirus as the death toll in the UK jumped to 422.

But he issued a stark warning, saying stricter measures introduced by the Prime Minister on Monday were not advice but rules that must be followed.

Mr Hancock said: "The spread of coronavirus is rapidly accelerating across the world and in the UK.

"Our instruction is simple: stay at home."

Mr Hancock added: "These measures are not advice, they are rules and will be enforced including by the police, with fines starting at £30 up to unlimited fines for non-compliance."

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