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Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government's COBRA meeting on March 16 (Photo: Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Coronavirus live blog, March 17

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 March, 2020, 19:25

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released from prison in Iran

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released temporarily from prison in Iran with a ankle tag. 

The move comes as Iran attempts to control the spread of coronavirus. 

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said: "I am relieved that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was today temporarily released into the care of her family in Iran. We urge the regime to ensure she receives any necessary medical care. 

"While this is a welcome step, we urge the government now to release all UK dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran, and enable them to return to their families in the UK."

Boris Johnson is holding his daily press briefing now

The Prime Minister is holding is daily public briefing on the coronavirus outbreak.

He is joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

More to follow imminently

PM: help for families and business will be delivered with "profound sense of urgency"

The Prime Minister has said the government will provide help for families and businesses who feel the financial impact of measures implemented to fight coronavirus. 

These would be delivered with a "profound sense of urgency".

PM: "we must act like war-time government"

He adds: "I stress although the measures are extreme we may well have to go further and faster.

"And we must act like any war-time government and do anything it takes to support our economy."

Rishi Sunak to help businesses with £330bn in back loans and guarantees