Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing growing calls to intervene and stop non-essential construction workers heading to building sites as the UK looks to slow the spread of coronavirus.
MPs from across the political spectrum have called for more stringent rules so workers are not put at risk and public transport is not overwhelmed.
Mr Johnson is expected to confront the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions later today in the House of Commons.
It follows the government’s recruitment drive for 250,000 volunteers who are in good health and can help vulnerable people.
The NHS has said the volunteers will support the 1.5m vulnerable people who have been asked to “shield” themselves from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also announced that an east London exhibition centre would made into a new NHS hospital with 4,000 beds to cope with outbreak.
The efforts to deal with the pandemic came as the UK saw its biggest daily spike in deaths from coronavirus with 89, taking the nationwide total to 424.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK now stands at 8,077, up 1,427 from 6,650 on Monday.
© Getty Mr Hancock said those who cannot work from home should go to work to ‘keep the country running’The prime minister said people could only go to work if “absolutely necessary” on Monday when he announced new measures.
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”.
He said construction workers were among those who could keep working – as long long as they could remain two metres apart at all times.