Parks are once again filling up with people flouting lockdown rules by sunbathing.

Pictures have shown sunbathers lounging on the grass around London, including at Hilly Fields Park in Lewisham.

Politicians and nurses have repeatedly pleaded with the country to stay indoors and protect the NHS, but the spring heat wave has seen a small group of people, now being referred to online as #Covidiots, ignoring advice.

The latest figures from today say there have been 84,279 coronavirus cases reported in the UK and at least 10,612 deaths.

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And while most at least appeared to be keeping their distance from others, not everybody appeared to be respecting official guidance regarding when people should be going outside.

The government says people should not be leaving the house unless their work requires them to do so, to shop for essential supplies such as food, to exercise once a day, or for health reasons.

Mr Hancock said on Friday: "This is not advice, these are instructions."

But gatherings, as well as people spotted sunbathing, having picnics and using hire bikes, were seen in Regent's Park, London Fields, Battersea Park and other green spaces in London, with thousands said to have flouted advice at one park in the south of the capital.

The social distancing measures were a focus of the government's daily coronavirus news briefing on Saturday.

NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said: "The sun might be out, that does not mean you should be out."