Coronavirus forces Odeon to shut down all cinemas across UK

Odeon has shut all its cinemas in the UK until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The cinema giant has announced it has shut all its locations "following government guidelines."

In a statement, it said: "Following government guidelines Odeon cinemas are shut until further notice.

"If you have pre-booked tickets online, these will be refunded automatically.

"For any specific questions, please contact our Guest Services Centre. We look forward to welcoming you back soon."

The announcement comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday pushed Britain closer to an Italy-style lockdown.

He urged Brits to stop non-essential travel and contact with others, and that people should try to work from home.

He also told people not to visit pubs, restaurants and theatres, and told people over 70 or with underlying health conditions to stay at home for 12 weeks.

And he told the nation that if one person within a household shows symptoms of Covid-19, the entire household must then isolate for two weeks.

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The move has already forced a string of theatres to stop production and close down, with other venues set to follow suit.

This morning the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also announced Transport for London is set to reduce all buses and tubes to "weekend services".

But despite the latest announcements, Daily Star Online reported how some pubs are preparing to defy government advice and stay open.

And thousands of commuters were still seen travelling to work this morning on crowded transport as the coronavirus epidemic grips the nation.

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The UK death toll from the virus currently stands at 55, with 1,543 confirmed cases in the country so far.

But the number of cases is believed to be far greater with many people not being tested, and the figure is feared to be closer to 20,000.

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