The Health Secretary reminded the nation of the risk to lives after the UK’s death toll increased by 708 to 4,353 yesterday – the UK’s worst day ever – a child aged five was among the fatalities.
Mr Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today: “We’ve said because of the positive benefits to your physical and your mental health that it’s OK to exercise on your own or with members of your own household.
“But if the result of that is that too many people go out and flout the other rules because they say ‘well if I can exercise then it’s fine for me to do other things’ then I’m afraid we will have to take action.
“If you don’t want us to take the step to ban exercise of all forms outside the home, you have got to follow the rules.”
In Switzerland, the number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 has risen by 19 to 559, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday.
More than 158,000 people in Switzerland – which has a population of 8.6m – have been tested for the virus, with 21,100 confirmed as positive cases.