Coronavirus: Only Go to Your Job if You Cannot Work from Home - Hancock
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People can go to work if they cannot do their work at home, the health secretary has said, amid confusion over the new coronavirus restrictions.
It comes after calls for clarity, including from construction workers, about Monday's wider shutdown measures.
Matt Hancock also said Tube services should be running "in full", after being asked about packed trains during Tuesday's morning commute.
The number of UK deaths rose to 422 on Tuesday, a rise of 87 in one day.
As it continues to ramp up its response to the number of people testing positive for the disease, the government is opening a new makeshift hospital at the ExCel exhibition centre in London.
The temporary Nightingale Hospital has been set up with help from the military and will have capacity for 4,000 patients.
Mr Hancock also appealed for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS, and said more than 11,000 former medics had answered the government's call to return to the NHS. More than 24,000 final-year student nurses and medics will also join the health service.
'Employers have a duty'
Mr Hancock led Tuesday's daily Downing Street briefing - which saw reporters asking questions over video-link - after complaints that part of the government's strict new rules were confusing for workers.
The new measures , in place for at least three weeks, tell Britons to only leave home to go to work "where absolutely necessary" - but Mr Hancock later said those who cannot work from home should go to work "to keep the country running".
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