Salisbury District Hospital is urging people to play their part in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 by staying at home.

Nurses and doctors from the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiology ward have been pictured holding the slogan: "We Stay Here For You ❤️ Please Stay Home For Us!".

The message comes after a number of people in the UK have been defying the Government's advice to stay at home which could result in a faster spread of the virus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government may be forced to bring in "further measures" if more people don't follow the advice.

Reiterating the hospital's message, Salisbury MP John Glen said: "At several Coronavirus press conferences speakers stood behind three podia bearing the words ‘Stay at Home’ , ‘Protect the NHS’ and ‘Save Lives’.

"That message is simple. The most vulnerable should be self-isolating and all the rest of us should be social-distancing - and that means staying at home as much as possible and staying 2 metres away from others when you do have to go out. Widespread failure to respect social distancing advice increases the risk of more compulsory measures becoming necessary.

"The PM has been very clear. Even if you think you are at low risk, every contact you have could pass the disease to someone else and place them and all their contacts in danger.

"Slowing transmission is absolutely crucial to give our NHS and it’s incredible staff the best chance to save as many lives as possible. Please heed the advice and stay safe."

So far, 23 patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Wiltshire, official figures from Public Health England show, with a further six cases being confirmed in Swindon.