The Government's Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said he expects the number of coronavirus deaths to rise in the UK "for another two weeks.”

Sir Patrick Vallance said there were signs that hospital and intensive care admissions were beginning to level off and that the slow increase of admissions could mean the NHS may be able to cope.

He said it is likely deaths across the UK will continue for the next two weeks as the Government admitted the UK is yet to reach its peak.

Mr Vallance said even after the number of intensive care admissions begins to fall it is likely deaths will see a rise and Brits should not be complacent.

Addressing the UK from Downing Street, Sir Vallance said: "In general I'd expect the deaths to continue to go up for about two weeks after the intensive care picture improves.

“So we're not there yet in terms of knowing exactly when that would be, but that's the sort of timeframe I'd expect.”

Sir Vallance stressed that now is not the time to stop social-distancing and that the method "is working" and people need to keep doing what they're "supposed to do."

He said: "The measures that everybody has taken, the difficult things that we've all had to do, are making a difference, they're making a big difference.

"We know that the social distancing is working and we know that people are doing what they're supposed to do and we need to keep doing that.

"And the reason we need to keep doing that is because it stops the transmission of the virus in the community and we know that that is already happening."

Deputising for the Prime Minister as he recovers from coronavirus in hospital, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab echoed Sir Vallance's words.

He urged Brits to stay inside this Easter weekend and continue practicing social-distancing even though the bank holiday weekends good weather may be tempting.

Mr Raab praised the UK but told the nation "we’re not done yet, we must keep going" and not "undo" all of our hardwork.

He added that it is still "too early" to discuss relaxing lockdown rules and a further update will be provided next week after the Government has analysed new data.