The Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden said that he and the prime minister watched the England versus Wales Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday, and the current medical advice was that there was no reason to avoid or cancel sports events.
He said: “We are guided by the facts and we are guided by the evidence. At the moment the advice is clear from the chief medical officer: there isn’t a need to cancel such events.
By attending the event, both the PM and Dowden, have sent a strong message that it is safe to attend large-scale gatherings.
The PM will chair an emergency Cobra meeting later today (9 March) to decide whether to bring in measures to delay the spread of coronavirus in the UK including the limiting of public events. The Cobra meeting is expected to consider whether the UK should officially move into the “delay” phase. Such a step would require agreement from chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, who are due to be at the meeting.