Oxfordshire authorities urged members of the public to continue helping vulnerable and elderly family and neighbours during the worsening Covid-19 outbreak.

As the Prime Minister revealed further strict measures to curb the spiking number of infections recorded, councils released an important joint statement.

Officials advised: "If you have been shopping for neighbours or family members who are vulnerable, elderly or self-isolating, please continue to do so.

"The government says you are allowed to leave your home to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

"Just be careful to follow the usual guidance about washing your hands and keeping a safe distance from others."

To ensure that the risk of virus spread is minimised where possible shopping should be left on the doorstep of the home rather handing it to people directly.

The government-enforced nationwide lockdown began on Monday evening when Boris Johnson announced new restrictions that also included the closure of all non-essential businesses for at least three weeks.

Going out is only permitted for basic shopping and taking one form of exercise every day.