People are heeding the advice to stay at home to keep pressure off the NHS, and there are early signs that it is working, says the UK’s chief scientific advisor.

Sir Patrick Vallance told a news conference that social distancing measures are “making a difference”.

Transmission of coronavirus in the community is thought be decreasing which could mean fewer infections.

Hospital admission data suggests cases are not rising as fast as feared.

There are currently 9,000 people in hospitals in England with coronavirus, up from 6,000 on Friday.

Sir Patrick said: “That’s gone up pretty much the same amount each day for the last few days.

“That shows that it’s going up not in an increasing amount but in a constant amount which may suggest that we’re

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