All parts of the country are now on an “emergency basis,” said Community Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Speaking at the government press daily briefing, he said: “This is an unprecedented step in peacetime, we have not done anything like this since World War II.
“This means that we are setting up strategic coordination centers across the country.”
Jenrick said that each center will be led by golden commanders.
The government was bringing together senior members of the emergency services, with local authorities and the NHS to “guide communities through these difficult times, from Cornwall to Cumbria,” he added.
The members of the armed forces will be placed in each of these groups, Jenrick said.
Jenrick told the Downing Street briefing that millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) items were being delivered to NHS staff.
“We simply cannot and should not ask people to be on the front line without the right protective equipment,” he said.
He said the government had established a “national supply distribution response team” to deliver PPE to the needy, supported by the military and other emergency services.
About 170 million masks and nearly 10 million items for cleaning equipment are among the items that are delivered to NHS health funds and healthcare facilities.
“Everything was delivered to 58,000 NHS trusts and healthcare facilities, including general practitioner surgeries, pharmacies and community suppliers,” he said at the briefing.
“Every single GP practice, dental practice and community pharmacy had a PPE delivery. All nursing homes, hospices and home care providers have or will soon receive a delivery. “
In an appeal to frontline workers, Jenrick said the government “will not stop” until the health facilities are provided with the equipment they need.
“To the national health service and social workers, to all those who rely on this equipment, to their families and loved ones watching this afternoon,” he said at the briefing.
“We understand and will not stop until we have the equipment you need.”
When asked if the death report was accurate, Deputy Medical Director Jenny Harries said:
“Every death we have is a truly sad event involving a family and a lot of sadness.
“We need to make sure that when we report that the family is happy and know and that all our data is absolutely accurate.”
He added: “There is always a delay for us to verify and evaluate that data through the system is connected.
“We do not want to report the data incorrectly and therefore have to correct it.
“The public wouldn’t trust us if we did.
“Since unfortunately we had to register more deaths, that period of time takes longer. “
When asked if the country would be blocked for the next six months, dr. Harries said, “We actually expect our numbers to get worse over the next week, maybe two, and so we’re looking to see if we managed to push it down and start seeing a decline. “
He added: “This does not mean that we will be in complete blockade for six months, but as a nation we must be really, very responsible and continue to do what we all do until we are sure that we can gradually start lifting various interventions that could to be spaced – based on science and our data – until we gradually return to a normal way of life. “