A TEMPORARY NHS hospital will be opened next week with for 4,000 people who have coronavirus.

With each ward able to care for 2,000 people, health secretary Matt Hancock announced the news earlier today in a bid to tackle the virus outbreak.

It comes as 8,077 confirmed cases of coronavirus have hit the UK after people were urged to stay in their homes on Monday night.

People in the UK are able to leave their homes for one form of exercise a day, to buy food and essentials, to care for a vulnerable person or for essential travel to and from work.

He said at the daily government coronavirus meeting: "I can announce today that we will next week open a new hospital - a temporary hospital - the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre in London.

"The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards each of 2,000 people.

"With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians, we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need so that everyone can get the support they need.

"But no matter how big we grow the NHS, unless we slow the spread of this virus, then as we have seen, those numbers will continue to rise.

"That's why it's so important that everyone follows the advice and stays at home."