FORMER Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon has postponed a charity ball as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 24-year-old shared a statement on Instagram last night following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's televised public address asking people to stop "non-essential social contact".
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She wrote: "In light of current government advice and to ensure that we all stay safe, we have decided to postpone our charity ball that was meant to be taking place on the 18th of April.
"We are unsure of specifics yet, but I will let you all know when we have figured it out.
"But we most definitely will be having a party and raising lots of money as soon as we are able to.
"Thanks guys! Stay safe."
Yesterday Boris Johnson said over a million people should stay inside their homes for 12 weeks and everyone else must avoid going out.
In dramatic actions not seen since World War Two, the PM drastically ramped up Britain's battleplan – shutting down mass gatherings and urging everyone to stop non-essential travel and contact with others.
He said that means all Brits (around 66million people) staying out of pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas for weeks – and potentially months into the summer.
All who can can should work from home, he said.
The over 70s, those who are pregnant, and anyone with underlying health conditions (around 20million Brits) should try not to leave their homes if they can, and avoid crowded spaces immediately.
This will continue for the "long haul" – likely weeks or months.
And those with severe illnesses like cancer (around 1.4million Brits) must start cocooning themselves in their homes and get food delivered in from this weekend.
They will be shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks.
The 'social distancing' guidelines advise people not to visit vulnerable and elderly family and friends – and could mean Mother's Day is effectively cancelled.
It comes as 55 Brits have been killed by the illness, with more than 1,500 cases across the country.
The number of cases could DOUBLE every five or six days if Britain doesn't take "draconian" action now, the PM warned the country, in the most drastic action taken so far to tackle the disease.
Levelling with a worried nation in a dramatic No10 press conference, Boris said: "Clearly what we’re announcing today is a very substantial change in the way we want people to live their lives, and I can’t remember anything like it in my lifetime.
"I don’t think there’s really been anything like it in peacetime.
"It’s a very considerable, psychological, behavioural change that we’re asking you, we’re asking the public, the nation to do.
"But I’ve absolutely no doubt that we can do it, that we can do it together."
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