The UK Prime Minister Mr Boris Johnson in a warning to coincide with Mothering Sunday, called for Britons not to visit their mothers in person this year.
In a message to the country, Mr Johnson said that the numbers of coronavirus cases in the UK “are very stark, and they are accelerating”.
“This time, the best thing is to ring her, video call her, Skype her, but to avoid any unnecessary physical contact or proximity,” the PM said.
He compared the country’s situation to Italy.
“The Italians have a superb health care system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand,” he said.
The Prime Minister added that “The Italian death toll is already in the thousands and climbing. Unless we act together unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread.