The UK is remaining in the “containment” stage of its response to the coronavirus following an emergency Cobra meeting.
Measures to delay the virus’s spread with “social distancing” measures will not be introduced yet, ministers decided.
Number 10 said it accepted that the virus “is going to spread in a significant way”, however.
Banning big events and closing schools were said to have been considered.
Downing Street said the prime minister “will be guided by the best scientific advice” but there was no need to cancel sporting events at this stage,
Ministers have also been meeting with sports bodies and UK supermarkets to discuss their response to the outbreak, which could include staging matches behind closed doors.
It comes as Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match in France on Saturday has been postponed, following an earlier decision to postpone England’s match in Italy. However, Wales’s game against Scotland in Cardiff is to go ahead as scheduled.
Another two cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus were confirmed in Wales and another five in Scotland on Monday, bringing the UK total to 285, with three deaths.
Source: BBC News