In case you needed more reasons to stay at home in the pandemic, the Department of Health has released a jarring video showing just how easily coronavirus can spread.

It shows a group of friends meeting in the park, not following the rules on staying home and if out, being two metres away from people.

One of them has mild coronavirus without realising it, and passes it onto her friend.

Later on, the friend leaves and sees her grandmother, who she gives the virus to.

The video shows how the grandmother ends up in hospital because of the virus, which could have been avoided if the initial group had not ignored the lockdown guidelines.

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Releasing the video, the Department of Health said: ‘Don’t put the lives of vulnerable family members at risk by meeting up with friends this Bank Holiday weekend

‘People can pick up coronavirus (Covid-19) and be unaware that they have it.

‘Anyone can get it, anyone can spread it. Don’t take the risk – stay at home.’

Responding to the video on Twitter, one woman said of the grandmother in hospital: ‘No one can visit her ward. No funeral. A virus pandemic is such a thing. Too sad… We’ll be able to celebrate Easter next year, and enjoy weekend after this crisis ends, if we are alive.’

Another video showing the importance of social distancing has been widely shared on social media.

Ohio’s Department of Health in the US depicted dozens of mouse traps packing closely together. In this scenario, when a ball was bounced in between them they all began to snap shut, setting each other off.

However, if they were spaced apart the ball was able to do only minimal damage.

They said: ‘Social distancing works. We are all in this together.’

Since March 23, UK has been in a period of lockdown, where people have been told to stay at home except for very limited reasons, or face being fined by police.

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Ministers have urged people not to ‘ruin’ the UK’s progress on coronavirus by flouting lockdown laws this Easter weekend.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has been deputising for the PM, earlier warned that it was still too soon for ministers to begin lifting the strict social distancing rules introduced last month.

‘After all the sacrifices so many people have made, let’s not ruin it now,’ he said at the daily Downing Street press conference.

‘We mustn’t give the coronavirus a second chance to kill more people and hurt our country.’

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