Government urges all Brits abroad to return home in response to coronavirus

The government has urged all Brits currently abroad to come back to the UK as the nation looks set to go into full lockdown in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "The time to come home is now while you still can."

It is believed that up to one million Brits currently live, work, or study abroad, or are currently on holiday.

There are fears many could end up stranded abroad with no healthcare cover if more countries shut their borders and refuse to allow them out.

Speaking this afternoon, Raab said: "We are strongly urging UK travellers overseas to return home now where and while there are still commercial routes to do so.

"Around the world, more airlines are suspending flights and more airports are closing, some without any notice.

"Where commercial routes don't exist, our staff are working around the clock to give advice and support to UK nationals.

"If you are on holiday abroad the time to come home is now while you still can."

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